David Cook Author and IT Journalist
A Gift To Die For
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Welcome to the website of David Cook.

We are pleased to announce that the thriller, A GIFT TO DIE FOR is now published as an eBook. A GIFT TO DIE FOR can be downloaded from most online ebook sellers including Amazon Apple Kobo SCRIBD Barnes & Noble

Dave turned to writing fiction after a long career in IT journalism. Over the years he has written user guides, features, and reviews for some of the UK's leading computer magazines including Personal Computer World, Practical PC, PC Advisor, PC Network Advisor and others. Most of his articles have appeared in the printed press. Some of Dave's work is still be available online thanks to the magnificent Wayback Machine.

Image: Atelier Sommerland

The supernatural short story PLENTY LONG ENOUGH won the 2003 Darklines award in the USA, around the time A GIFT TO DIE FOR was published as a paperback.

We are delighted to announce that Dave's next eBook will be a collection of short stories, all with a crime or supernatural theme. Since all stories will be linked in some way to the Devil, the book will naturally be called DEVIL GAMES. Included will be a slightly longer version of the award winning PLENTY LONG ENOUGH. It is hoped DEVIL GAMES will be available to download from eBook sellers by the summer of 2021.

Fellow author, Michael Amos ("Homeland" and "The Rocktastic Corduroy Peach") interviewed Dave a number of years ago. Michael's website is undergoing some changes right now, but thanks to the miracles of the Internet the interview can still be found here. Health permitting, Dave is aiming for several previously unpublished works of fiction to become available as eBooks sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Dave has been married to Denise for 49 years. They have three lovely daughters, a remarkable son-in-law, four treasured grandchildren (two with beautiful partners) and one talented great-grandson. Toddler Theo is virtually a carbon copy of both parents. Which also happens to make Dave and Denise proud members of the great-grandparent fan club.

Dave and Denise's youngest daughter, Victoria, is an actor, comedian, and BBC script writer. One of Victoria's favourite roles was playing crazy weather girl, Davina Wave, in CBBC's BAFTA-nominated comedy series, DNN.

A former presenter of BBC Radio Newcastle, Victoria has appeared numerous times in front of the camera for CBBC's All Over The Place, THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK and several other TV programmes. Victoria is also a writer. Penmanship includes writing for CBBC TV shows such as Molly and Mack and Mr Tumble.

Victoria has recently filmed a further two episodes of THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK for CBBC and they were shown in February 2021. If you missed them, check out a showreel of Victoria's Davina Wave sketches via the link on the left of this page.

As for Callum, Dave and Denise's oldest grandson, he is head teacher at a school for disadvantaged children. Callum is also a FA level 2, Youth Mod 2 (working towards 3) Grassroots Coach, School Sports Co-ordinator and qualified Gym Instructor. He also has his own Sports Coaching company. Information on how to book lessons in the North East of England can be found at ExelCoachingNE. Our second oldest grandson, Jack, is currently awaiting selection for the Fire Service.