Local author David Fawkes will give a talk about his new historical novel ‘The Cloth Elephant’ at the Atkinson Library on Monday 17th September 2014 at 12-00 midday.

He believes he’s indirectly descended from Guy Fawkes but he’ll be telling us about a plot of a different sort.

The story is set mainly in the Second World War and afterwards and the hero is a young German aristocrat.

The book is also about how ordinary Germans survived from day to day under the heel of the Nazi Government. An excerpt tells us, “Instinctively, he reached for Gabrielle’s photograph……Adam knew the Police were likely to discover their re-union…….He began to construct an imaginary for himself, Gabrielle and their little daughter.’

David’s talk is entitled’The Birth of a story’ and he will bring along objects of historical interest which fired his fascination for the subject.

These will include a compilation of ladies’ magazines for 1775 and postcards sent from France to his wife and child by David’s Grandfather during the First World War.

He’ll be assisted by Broadhurst’s books of Southport. All are welcome

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Profile of David Fawkes, author of The Cloth Elephant

Brought up in Garstang. Educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. Degree in History from Liverpool University.

Taught History for 30 years, first in High Wycombe, then Preston but mainly in Blackpool.

Was keen cricketer and now keen golfer. Also  a Tai-Chi instructor.

Began the book over 4 years ago. Have begun to write another of another genre about the lives of 2 illegal immigrants into Gran Canaria.

Have lived in Southport for the last 37 years.

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