I have blogged about Jason Cook a few times before.
He became a drug addict at the age of twelve and then started to sell drugs from his bedroom and on the streets to pay off his growing drugs debts to local dealers. Then he got into trouble with Yardies and was forced to smuggle drugs in order to save his friends and family “from danger”.
At the age of 20 he was heavily involved in the drugs world and he was also taking steroids to build himself up. He reached 18 stone, with a sizeable drug habit, was arrested and spent 3 years and 9 months in Pentonville Prison where he found drugs use was also widespread.
After a second prison sentence, he realised that he needed to turn his life round for his family and – despite being dyslexic – started to write a series of four semi-autobiographical books
- There’s No Room for Jugglers in My Circus (which may be re-named as The Devil’s Dandruff if a planned movie is made of it)
- The Gangster’s Runner
- A Nice Little Earna (the book is currently being edited)
Jason has five children. This month he published his first Kindle children’s book Rats in Space.
For each downloaded eBook or Kindle copy sold, 50p is going to be donated to the Macmillan Cancer fund. At the start of the book, it says:
The author, Jason Cook, would like to dedicate this book to his son, Hughie Cook, for truly being a brave boy during his chemotherapy treatment. Jason would also like to dedicate it to the other children and adults who are fighting this disease every day. Also to the doctors and nurses that help so many of the sick adults and children and thank them for the support they show the families. So thank you, all who helped support not only Hughie, but me and the others in our family at these tough times.
Rats in Space “tells the sad, very emotional yet ultimately happy story of the rats who live in the tunnels of the Underground at King’s Cross station…
“Can a rat really reach the moon? When a global cheese shortage threatens the entire rodent community, a brave group of rats come to one decision: if there is no cheese to be found on the Earth, then it’s time to look off the Earth. Hector Duddlewell has always dreamed of the stars and, when he catches a glimpse of glorious space travel, he’s willing to defy all odds to win the girl of his dreams and take his place as one of the first ever RATS IN SPACE.”
“It’s true,” Jason told me this morning. “Hector really did go into space.”
“Of course he did,” I said sympathetically.
“He did,” said Jason. “Hector really did. He was flown into space.”
He showed me the Wikipedia entry. It read:
“France flew their first rat (Hector) into space on February 22, 1961.”
“My book tells the back story of Hector,” explained Jason. “How he actually became an astronaut.”
Stranger things have happened.