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Dream comes true for Crawley writer

jpco-12-3-14 Crawley author Alastair Puddick's debut novel to be published (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-141003-143128003

jpco-12-3-14 Crawley author Alastair Puddick's debut novel to be published (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-141003-143128003

A writer who wrote a book in a ‘Harry Potter cupboard’ said his dream of becoming a published author was about to come true.

The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring by Alastair Puddick, 36, of Maunsell Park, Pound Hill, was published on Thursday (May 8).

He said: “I feel very lucky to have gotten this far.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to write a novel and get it published.”

Alastair wrote the book in a small cupboard which he converted into a quiet, windowless office.

He dedicated the book to his fiancée, Laura Adamson, 31, who named his office ‘The Harry Potter cupboard’.

Alastair said: “She’s just as passionate about the book as I am.”

The book follows the bizarre adventures of George Thring, an everyday man who absentmindedly runs away from his boring life and finds himself in a small isolated town’s annual Elvis Presley appreciation festival.

The light-hearted story included humorous surreal scenes played out in George’s imagination.

His daydreams were later upstaged by increasingly strange encounters and dramas, and he returned to his old life reinvigorated and having found the girl.

Alastair said: “George isn’t really based on me, but we have similar traits and view the world in similar ways.

“And George’s boring job definitely draws its inspiration from a few dull jobs I’ve had myself in the past.”

The novel will be sold on Amazon.

For more visit www.alastairpuddick.wordpress.com

 

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