'Can do' author David uses Lockdown to write third novel

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Author David Scott - Credit: Submitted

Torquay author David Scott has followed up the success of his book The Funk Hole Myth, about life in the town during World War Two, with his latest novel titled The Barlick Letter. 

It is set just before the downfall of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Newspaper editor Dick Chinnery answers a cry for help from his former mother-in-law and becomes entangled in a tale of scams, rip-offs and money laundering. 

It is David’s third novel in addition to six non-fiction books he has written in recent years, including the histories of Upton Vale Baptist Church in Torquay and one of the oldest non-league football teams. 

“If people like a story which has a definite beginning, middle and end, I’m sure they will enjoy this book,’ said David. ‘I was determined to make the best use of the second national lock down which began in November and adopt a can-do attitude.” 

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Front cover: The Barlick Letter - Credit: Submitted

“As I found out with The Funk Hole Myth, it is not easy marketing a book in these difficult times, but I have been delighted with the response to both books.” 

After editing both the Romford Observer and Banbury Guardian, in 1984 David was appointed launch editor and then managing director of the Birmingham Daily News – Britain’s first free morning newspaper.  

In 1988 he set up his own journalism and media law training company which took him round the world including three trips to the Falkland Islands.  

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In all he trained more than 9,000 journalists and managers before retiring three years ago. During this time, he edited the Torbay Weekender for five years 

David has lived with his wife, Valerie, in Torquay for the last 30 years. 

The Barlick Letter is a limited-edition book and is only available direct from David who can be contacted at DScottTorq@aol.com