Thursday, 14 April 2011


The earthquake and tsunami that has devastated Japan has left masses of people in need of help. Our friend and fellow writer Charlie Whipple, who writes westerns as Chuck Tyrell has put together a collection of his short stories set in Japan, which is available as an ebook for about a dollar (it is available on Kindle for 69p). He and the publisher are donating the entire proceeds to the  victims of the earthquake and the tsunami. Please spare a little cash and buy the book, it is great read!

The book is called A MATTER OF TEA, after the title of the first story which won the 2010 Oaxaca International Literature Competition. It is an enchanting tale written by a master story-teller.

Charlie lives in Japan and has experienced past earthquakes, but nothing like this. He writes:

So I decided to let you read these stories and help the people in Tohoku at the same time. Buy this book for a buck -- well, for 99 cents -- and I and my publisher will give all the income we receive from your purchases to worthy charities that are helping in Tohoku. I will personally pick the charities and I will personally report to you about what has been or is being done.

Help me out. Buy this book of stories about Japan. Get your friends to buy a copy, too. Spread the word. Help me help the victims of Japan's horrendous earthquake and tsunami.

If you want to find out more about Charlie or buy the book (AND PLEASE, PLEASE BUY IT) then visit his blog:

Or you can buy it directly for your Kindle from by just following the link to the left.


Calum Steele
Keith Souter