Saturday, 28 September 2013

Local Doctor Who fans pen new tribute novel

This November, Obverse Books will be publishing a Doctor Who related novel for the show's 50th Anniversary from two local fans of the show. 

Behind the Sofa, by Chris Newton and Mark Charlesworth is the sequel to last year's excellent and critically praised Life Begins at 40.  

Behind The Sofa continues the story of Pete and Jeff, two thirty-something Doctor Who fans sharing a flat in Blackpool. Out of pocket, out of luck, and clinging to the hope that life begins at 40... Pete is concussed and suffers mild memory loss, resulting in him losing his encyclopedic knowledge of the sci-fi genre. He's even started reading The Guardian.

With his 40th birthday looming, Jeff has a tough decision to make. Will he jeopardise Pete's chance of becoming a functional member of society in order to get his friend back?

Life Begins At 40 is very funny," enthused Vanessa Bishop in Doctor Who Magazine on its release. "In some respects, a touching tale of friendship. On the other hand, an exploration of the worst kind of adolescent blokeyness.”

“Hilarious. A unique brand of black comedy... Life Begins At 40 is curiously difficult to put down” said Ryan Owen Gibson, Lancashire Writing Hub.  

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