Today’s coverage: Author Neil Blower interviewed by ITV Meridian

Palamedes PR, the book PR specialists, is delighted to report that our client Neil Blower has had his book-signing world record attempt featured on ITV Meridian.

Neil, a former British soldier struck down with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following the death of a colleague in Iraq, was filmed by the Meridian news crew at the War and Peace Revival show in Kent.

His interview was broadcast to viewers across South East England, as well as being available to watch on the ITV Meridian website.

The author has also been interviewed at War and Peace Revival by regional radio station, Academy FM.

The Royal Tank Regiment veteran, who turned to writing as a form of therapy, is currently attempting a new world record for the longest-ever book signing at the event and plans to sign 5,000 copies of his first novel over the course of the gruelling five DAY challenge.

He is spending up to 18 hours-a-day signing ‘Shell Shock: The Diary of Tommy Atkins’ and has even vowed to eat and SLEEP at his table if it means selling more copies.

Each fan who attends receives his signature and a short personal message printed inside the book. A donation from each book sold will be made to the Royal British Legion and to the veteran’s mental health charity, Combat Stress.

The aim is to set a world record for the longest continual book signing, rather than to beat the existing Guinness World Record for the most number of books signed in a single session – currently held by the chess champion Anatoli Karpov.

Neil, who lives in Salford, Manchester, hopes the attempt will raise awareness of PTSD and the plight of those affected by it.

Neil’s record attempt began on Wednesday, 17th July and will end on Sunday, 21st July – a total of 90 hours continuous signing.

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