Author’s Dales inspiration

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A Nidderdale man has launched his first book.

It’s a tale of crime and lust based in a small Yorkshire Dales town - but author Douglas Adamson dismisses the suggestion that anyone reading his debut novel Hidden Lives might recognise themselves or someone they know.

“It’s an amalgam of different places and people,” he said.

“I’ve got to be very careful about things like that.”

The first in a planned trilogy, the book is available on Amazon Kindle, and has already been downloaded around 100 times.

Doug, 65, says he has particularly drawn on his experiences of working in a bank as a young man, before he followed a career in advertising, marketing and copywriting.

“It’s a black comedy in the Tom Sharpe mode,” said Doug.

Doug had been working on the draft of Hidden Lives for seven years but it was only when he semi-retired that he found time to finish it.

But like many authors trying to get their first book published, Doug found the only opportunity was via the online route.

“So many books are going online now because it’s a difficult process to get a literary agent,” he said.

Doug, who was brought up in Harrogate and Knaresborough and now lives in Lofthouse, still undertakes marketing consultancy assignments and charity work - but has begun work on his second novel too.

He added: “It’s said that every copywriter has a novel in his top right hand drawer - and this is mine.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing it and it’s great when people say they’ve enjoyed it.”