Jill Morris

Out now: The Big Fix.

A gripping debut thriller combining football, greed and corruption. Focused around the true lifeblood of the game. Not players, officials, administrators or agents, but football fans.

Because football without fans is nothing.

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Brilliant debut novel by a superb storyteller
Michael Heppell, international Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author

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I could not put this down, it had me gripped from the very beginning
Woody

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Brilliant, absolutely brilliant
Eleanor

The Big Fix

Millions in cash. Hundreds of designer watches. A small black book...

Liam gets more than he bargained for after breaking into a plush West London townhouse. When he finds out who lives there, the notes in the book begin to make sense and its contents become the most valuable of all his ill-gotten gains.

But his discovery could devastate the ‘beautiful game’ and those at the top are terrified.

As the net closes in on him, they’re prepared to do anything to protect their secret. And Liam has a choice to make, but will he make it in time?

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What readers are saying about The Big Fix

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brilliant debut novel by a superb story teller
"I loved this debut novel by Jill Morris and couldn't wait to pick it up every night for some great pre-bedtime reading. The interplay between the main character and his love of football acted as the perfect punctuation; as there were times when the pace of the plot had me on the edge of my seat - I needed a rest! In particular, the cellar scenes had my heart racing. Then the twists and turns which followed left me aghast. It couldn’t be predicted. I can't wait to see what Jill Morris writes next. She has a natural talent as a modern storyteller."
Michael Heppell, international Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brilliant, absolutely brilliant
"Absolutely loved the story. I’m not a football fan by any means but you don’t have to be to thoroughly enjoy this story. The way Jill writes draws you in to the characters, you live the story with them. I didn’t want to go to sleep so I could keep reading and now I’ve finished I’ve got a Big Fix hole in my reading time that I need to fill. Highly recommend this book and author."
Eleanor

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Gripping!
"As someone who does not follow football, I was delighted to be gripped by the storyline! This book had everything which a good thriller needs to ensure the reader is hooked- corruption, criminals, tears, laughter and a strong main character who you are rooting for throughout whilst battling with the morality of some of his decisions. I was thoroughly impressed with this debut novel and I look forward to reading more of the authors work in the future. Highly recommended."
Charlotte S

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fixated from the start
"Enjoyed this book from sentence one and found it difficult to put down
Excellent story, had you believing that everything going on was true and could not wait for the ending
A great read for all thriller junkies as well as football fans. 5 star. Thank you."
David S

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fantastic debut novel... A must read!
"Brilliant read and fantastic debut novel. Was gripped from start to finish. Would appeal to anyone who likes a thriller or football. If you like both then it's a must read for you!"
Jules

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About Jill Morris

Hello! I'm Jill Morris and I was born and raised in County Durham, the youngest of three daughters.

Since graduating from Teesside University in the early 1990s, I’ve had a successful career in the retail sector, working in senior marketing and PR roles. Although this allowed me to indulge my creativity in various guises, my true passion has always been to be a writer. In 2020, during the global pandemic, I made the decision to finally ‘write that book’ and to follow my dream of becoming a published author.

I’ve been a football fan for as far back as I can remember and finally persuaded my dad to take me along to watch Newcastle United during Kevin Keegan’s first season as a player in early 1983. Since that moment, I’ve been there for the highs, the lows and the depths of despair, visiting grounds across Britain and Europe to follow my team.

Having lived in various parts of Lincolnshire throughout my career, I’m currently living in the beautiful city of York with my husband David, who provided the inspiration for my debut novel, published in September 2021.

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The Big Fix Hits the Airwaves!

20 October 2021

BREAKING NEWS…BREAKING NEWS…BREAKING NEWS…

I've got a slot on local radio this morning to talk about The Big Fix.

The interview will be on Jorvik Radio's morning show 'Love in the Morning' and I'll be chatting to well-known DJ Nick Love around 11.20am (BST).

No matter where in the world you are, you should be able to tune in at https://jorvikradio.com/. But if you can't tune in live, I’ll post the link afterwards.

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Back of the Net!!

17 October 2021

I'm over the moon to reveal that The Big Fix is now available in THE best sports shop in the WORLD - The Back Page, Newcastle and Metrocentre branches.

If you're a sports fan and you don't know this shop, check it out, it's amazing.

Here I am below, dropping off the initial order.

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Goosebumps!

22 September 2021

When you get your first review on Amazon. And it’s a fantastic, five star endorsement.

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Aaaaaaaand it’s Live!

16 September 2021

PUBLICATION DAY HAS ARRIVED!

The Big Fix is now available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book format.

You can still buy special first edition, signed (on request) paperbacks directly from my website – and get a couple of extras thrown in.

But this at least means wherever you are in the world, you can enjoy the book everyone’s talking about!

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What a Result!

10 September 2021

So proud to announce that The Big Fix is now featured on the brilliant My Football Books website - check out The Game section & click on fiction. I’m currently TOP of the table – and it’s not often I get to say that!

The official publication date is approaching fast. If you want an advance copy, you know what to do by now…

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Here. We. Go!

03 September 2021

What a feeling to receive the first copies of my debut novel, The Big Fix.

So much hard work has gone into this. To see it in print is amazing and quite emotional.

If you've pre-ordered, your copy is now on the way.

Still plenty of time to buy prior to the official publication date of 16 September. By doing so, you automatically become a Big Fix VIP and receive an advance copy.

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Chapter 1

24 August 2017

Today was the day he was going to end it all. Put a stop to all the unhappiness. Today was the day he’d finally be at peace and his loved ones would be better off.

He couldn’t go on. He’d let everyone down. Sure, he’d had a lot of bad luck, but his actions had made everything so much worse. He was in debt up to his eyeballs. His wife was working so hard when she should be on the sick. And his son wouldn’t know a treat if it smacked him in the face.

He couldn’t see any other outcome to his situation. Everything was completely overwhelming as if he was sinking in quicksand and couldn’t get out. The more he struggled, the more it enveloped him, pulling him down. And down. And down.

At times it felt like a volcanic eruption, the lava creeping menacingly towards him. When things got even worse, it was more like a tsunami, the speed of the creeping destruction picking up pace. Either way, it destroyed everything in its path. If he wasn’t being burned alive, consumed by the heat of the lava, he was drowning in a powerful, devastating wave.

His financial affairs had become all-consuming. As each week passed, the dark cloud got darker and darker. It hung over his every waking hour. He didn’t have a life anymore. He couldn’t afford to go for a beer with his mates, couldn’t meet them at the match, couldn’t even buy his own son a ticket for his first game. He literally just worked, paid a few bills, ignored other bills, and desperately tried to pay off what he owed. Yet his debts were mounting all the time and the final demands just kept on coming. It was futile.

And now the final straw. He’d lost his job.

So, here he was. Sat on the edge of a bridge, waiting for the 20:58 train to approach. Waiting to jump.

He’d been sat here for over half an hour already. He hadn’t leapt in front of the 20:34 train. That was too soon after he’d got into position. He had to build up to this after all.

But now he was ready.

He glanced at his watch. It was 20:56. Not long now. It’d soon be over. He hoped it would be instantaneous. That the pain would be fleeting and he’d know nothing about it, as his body was smashed to smithereens.

Five agonising minutes passed. Typical he thought. The trains are always bloody late.

What if it had been cancelled? When was the next one? He hadn’t checked to see how late the trains ran on this track. Oh, God, what if he’d missed his chance? He couldn’t bear the thought of having to live through another day. He’d have to come up with another way to end it all.

As he pondered his options, he heard the distant sound of a train approaching. Thank Christ for that.

He edged forward on the ledge of the bridge, catching his breath as he almost slipped in the process. He didn’t want to fall off before the train arrived. It might not be final if that happened. It could be horrifically painful, life-changing in the worst way possible. That would be just his luck, the way things were currently panning out in his life.

The chugging sound of the train was getting closer now. He began to see its lights in the distance. Not long now. Not long at all.

His life suddenly flashed before his eyes. He hadn’t expected that. His wife. His son. His parents. His brother. His sister. His mates. His life. And then he realised that tears were streaming down his face.

Oh, God! This was so tough. But he had to do it. His family would be better off without him.

He wasn’t religious but said a quick prayer. It was almost time.

The lights were getting brighter now. The chugging of the train was getting louder.

Now or never. He moved forward. He was right on the edge. He was ready to let go.

As the train came in full view, he made to jump. Here. We. Go.

He thought he’d jumped. He had. He had jumped! But at that very moment, someone had grabbed hold of him. Someone had pulled him back. Back from the brink.

“Whoa! I’ve got you, mate. I’ve got you.”

As he collapsed into those comforting arms, Liam both despised and felt eternally grateful to the person who had seen him about to jump. And who had been strong enough, quick enough and brave enough to save his life.

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