Derbyshire writer hits top of book charts
Added: (Wed Sep 13 2017)
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Retired Derbyshire local government officer Roy Stringer has been writing all his life.
But it is only since the 72-year-old retired that it’s become fun – and he’s also reached the top of the book charts.
Roy, who lives in Cutthorpe near Chesterfield, has just followed up his highly entertaining debut novel Ruffled Feathers with the number one smash, The Clobber File.
The former national park admin officer said: “Over the years my job has involved writing everything from employment contracts to risk assessments and from committee reports to catering schedules.
“I didn’t start writing for pleasure until I retired in 2010.”
The Clobber File, which got to number one in Amazon’s Humour chart, is a laugh-out-loud romp. Set in the early 21st century, the good guys struggle to cope with five top-secret military laptops which, programmed with astonishing software, have fallen into the wrong hands.
Erich Werner, a senator seeking to line his pockets by hiring out four of the machines, is brought to book by Barney, a redundant librarian, and Caroline, an investigative journalist, and the good offices of Hooker-Bookers.Inc.
An accident-prone US marine, one D. Banger, as well as nuns from the Order of St Glevum figure in this hilarious adventure as they try to thwart a Colombian drug lord, a Ukrainian gangster and a member of the English nobility.
Roy chose the name for the marine when on holiday.
He explained: “While in Madeira we came across Banger’s Pillar, on the seafront in Funchal.
“This stump of a tower was erected in memory of one John Light Banger, an English merchant trading there at the end of the 17th century.
“After using that amazing surname in a short story, I decided it was simply too memorable not to use again.”
The Clobber File has been described as a comic masterpiece by reviewers.
Roy, who has been married to Barbara for 40 years, hopes his new novel will entertain.
He said: “I believe reading should be fun.
“I want my readers to get to the last page and say, ‘that was funny’ or simply, ‘I enjoyed that’.
“Better still, if somewhere over the 300 or so pages they laugh out loud; even a single titter or a smothered chuckle will have made my efforts worthwhile.”
As well as churning out two fantastic novels since his retirement, Roy volunteers on a canal restoration project. He has donated blood 100 times and can often be seen being taken for a walk by his wife’s Jack Russell.
For more details, visit Amazon and search for Roy Stringer, where the paperback and Kindle formats of The Clobber File are both available, as is his first novel, Ruffled Feathers.
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