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About us

A Nickel And A Nail was established in 2018 as an outlet to serve readers with a specific interest in digging deep into music history. The company name was selected as homage to the song popularised by the R&B singer O.V. Wright - fitting, given our strong passion for soul, blues and related literature. While these themes still lie at the heart of the operation, in alignment with customer requests and the owner's writing activities, the bookstore has expanded its remit to include books of a wider biographical, cultural, and travel nature.


About the owner

As well as running A Nickel And A Nail, E. Mark Windle is a UK based biographer and freelance writer with a long track record of working with domestic and international clients. His passion for writing was first developed during a former 25 year career in health care, as the author of several clinical studies and commentaries published in prominent medical and nutrition journals. Interests then extended to biographical writing in a range of societal and cultural settings, and explorations of music history. Mark is now a full time freelance writer, and is available for hire to work on projects as a sole author, co-author or ghostwriter.

Alongside undertaking private commissions, biographical services are provided for Sheridan Hill / Real Life Stories LLC (North Carolina, USA), and as a senior writer for Story Terrace (London, UK; as featured on the BBC television programme Dragons’ Den).

A full portfolio with links to samples can be accessed at   If you would like to know how Mark can help you action a potential project and for a no-obligation discussion about timescales and rates, please get in touch via the “Contact Us” page.