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Former Newark ghost walks organiser Ian Gillanders writes debut fictional novel, Avenged

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A writer has been inspired by ghost walks around Newark to write his first historical fiction novel.

Ian Gillanders used to organise ghost walks around the town before moving to Berkshire to be closer to family.

He used his knowledge to write his first book, Newark’s Historical Ghost Walk, but has now moved into fiction, using his ghost tour experience for inspiration.

Ian Gillanders with his new book, Avenged. (57587551)
Ian Gillanders with his new book, Avenged. (57587551)

His debut novel, Avenged, has now been published ­— and will feature a few places familiar to Newark people.

“I put my pen down from my ghost walk book and just thought ‘I wonder if....’ and from there the words for this book came flooding out,” said Ian.

“I’m really proud of it. I hope if anyone buys it and reads it that they will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

“I may have moved away but I am still doing my best to promote the town.”

It has taken Ian around two years to write because of the covid pandemic.

Avenged is the story of Ross Alexander, a surgeon from Edinburgh, who spends a weekend in a medieval Nottinghamshire town.

During a tour, he sees something that changes his life forever as he starts a search for answers.

Ian is now in the process of writing his second novel, which will have links to the first.

Avenged is available to buy from Amazon on Kindle and in paperback costing £7.99.

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