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Newark man who spent eight years writing first novel celebrates its release

A man who spent eight years writing his first novel is celebrating its release.

Joe Bass of Newark, the author of Ghosts In The Rain, his debut novel, said he pulled inspiration from some of his favourite authors.

A window cleaner of 25 years by day, he listed the likes of D. H. Lawrence, George Orwell and Charles Dickens as his favourite reads.

Joe Bass holds a picture of the triloigy in the Bonhams auction catalogue. (6147308)
Joe Bass holds a picture of the triloigy in the Bonhams auction catalogue. (6147308)

“The book involves a young man called Edward Butterworth, who after discovering his fiancee has been unfaithful, decides to go on a walking tour of England,” said Joe.

“The novel is set in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, when millions were unemployed.

“Edward is shocked to discover there are many thousands of people tramping the green and not so pleasant lands of England.

Joe Bass (42168030)
Joe Bass (42168030)

“They are ghosts because they live a marginal existence on the edges of society, and they are in the rain because they are mostly homeless and exposed to the elements.”

The novel sees Edward return home only to discover it is no longer his home.

“It has taken me about eight years to write the book, spending a few hours each week on it,” he said.

“Some parts I have rewritten many times. “

A keen traveller himself, Joe also said he looked to the likes of Paul Theroux for inspiration.

“I follow the England football team and visit places I would never normally visit,” he said.

“I followed their exploits at the World Cup in South Africa, Brazil and Russia.”

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