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Retired lecturer from Solihull pens his first novel

A FORMER university lecturer has written and published his debut novel, the story of a man who’s not sure if he’s dead, going mad or living in another world entirely.

A FORMER university lecturer has written and published his debut novel, the story of a man who’s not sure if he’s dead, going mad or living in another world entirely.

David Etheridge, from Hillfield, found time to pen his book - Visions of Whereafter - after taking retirement.

“Previously my job had got in the way somewhat,” said the 66-year-old. “But I finally had the time to sit down and write something.

“I’ve described it as a paranormal story, but it’s one of those things where it’s difficult to decide the genre.

“It’s about the main character finding himself in this strange place, where he meets all these characters from history.

“It was really a chance to use many of the people I admire. There’s Anne Frank, Primo Levi, George Harrison, Charles Dickens...”

A fair bit of work went into making sure that the historical figures were as authentic as possible.

He is already working on two follow-ups, the first is a love story spanning half a century and the second will draw on the real-life story of David’s grandfather, who was captured during the First World War.

Visions of Whereafter, published under the pen-name David Muir, is available now at Amazon.com

 

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