The ups and downs of writing a book

PUBLISHED: 11:40 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 26 October 2009

Picture by Louisa Emery

Picture by Louisa Emery

A HATFIELD man has written his first book - at the age of 77. It took grandfather Brian Bennett a year to finish Snakes and Ladders, a collection of short stories and bits and pieces . The book contains a variety of dramatic, humorous and feel-good stori

A HATFIELD man has written his first book - at the age of 77.

It took grandfather Brian Bennett a year to finish Snakes and Ladders, a collection of short stories and "bits and pieces".

The book contains a variety of dramatic, humorous and feel-good stories.

Most of the stories take place in the UK but some are set in Brazil, where Brian's wife of 50 years, Maria Lucy, comes from.

The father-of-four has six grandchildren, one of whom, Tess Bennett Douglas, helped contribute to the book.

Brian, of The Ryde, said: "Hopefully everyone will find something interesting in the book.

"It took about a year to finish but some of the thoughts and ideas have been there for a long time."

Having worked in banking overseas for most of his life, the "grumpy grandad" moved to Hatfield in 1988.

But, maybe, not for much longer!

When asked about any future plans to write another book, he replied: "I may not be around long enough; hopefully I'm going to win the lottery next week and spend the rest of my life on a beach in Hawaii!"

The book is available to buy online on Amazon or by calling publishers AuthorHouse on 0800 1974 150.

naiomi.madden@whtimes.co.uk

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