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PUBLISHED: 20:15 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:49 02 June 2015




Jane Lambert meets Patrick Forsyth, an author from Maldon. Long Overdue is his first novel.

Patrick Forsyth is an author from Maldon. Long Overdue is his first novel.

Tell us about Long Overdue

This is my first novel and was started by a bet in a writing group – why don’t you write a novel? Why don’t you? Though no crime is involved it begins with the discovery of a dead body. The protagonist, Philip, is in a bit of a rut and at loggerheads with his boss at the library where he works. An abandoned sailing boat, half a letter and a surprising alliance see him drawn into the mystery of the dead woman’s missing son. Along the way he makes some surprisingly impulsive decisions, travels across the world and finds the search changes his life in more ways than he could ever have predicted.

What made you become a writer?

My job had me writing business material and when I gave a book on say negotiation to my daughter, she always said the same thing - why don’t you write a proper book? So I moved on to travel (now with three published books all set in South East Asia the latest of which, Smile Because it Happened, is about Thailand), humour and now fiction. Writing is seriously moreish. Moving to fiction was a hugely enjoyable challenge. I’ve just had an excellent review of Long Overdue in the prestigious Good Book Guide. Ultimately it is peoples’ reaction to your work that spurs you on.

Which three books would you take to a desert island?

I’d take A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan. He is my favourite writer and writes not just page-turning thrillers but with wonderfully descriptive writing too. I’d also take In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin. I love reading about science and no one explains matters ‘on the edge’ better. Finally, I’d take Gridlinked by Neal Asher. I love (hard) science fiction and this is the first book from a now prolific author who writes wonderful and well written books set in the far future.


Chelmsford in the Great War by Jonathan Swan

Jonathan Swan is a local historian who lives in Chelmsford.

Part of a series by Pen & Sword Publishing that focuses on individual towns in the Great War, Chelmsford in the Great War is a fascinating book that has been written by someone who is clearly fascinated by a global conflict that had a huge impact on local life.

Chelmsford in the Great War provides an account of the local men who went off to fight, but in the manner of all good books about World War I, Jonathan Swan doesn’t forget the people who were left behind, and has written a book that will be a great addition to any local historian’s collection.

Publisher: Pen & Sword Books

Release Date: March 2015

Price: £8.00

ISBN: 9781473821149


Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell

Caroline Mitchell is an author from Frinton. Don’t Turn Around is her first fiction novel.

There’s a new female detective on the literary scene – DC Jennifer Knight is the protagonist of Don’t Turn Around, and she’s certainly someone to root for. The book tells the story of a case she gets wrapped up in that has a personal resonance for her, and the narrative skilfully jumps between the past and present to make it clear what that personal resonance is.

Given that this is a paranormal thriller, there is a twist or two in the tail and the result is a delightfully atmospheric and genuinely thrilling story. A sequel can’t be far off!

Publisher: Bookouture

Release Date: April 2015

Price: £0.99 (Kindle)

ISBN: 9781909490970


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