Hopes for national book gong

David Page with his Novel that has been nominated for an award.
David Page with his Novel that has been nominated for an award.

An author from Eastwood has been nominated for a national book award.

David Page’s novel, Sins Of The Father, will compete alongside some of the freshest new writing talent from across the country.

Having started writing as a hobby four years ago, Mr Page, 77, of Nottingham Road, has had his work put forward for The People’s Book Prize 2013.

Finalists will be selected using votes from the public rather than a judging panel.

The competition, founded by critically-acclaimed authors Frederick Forsyth and the late Dame Beryl Bainbridge, was set up to highlight the best in new, underground British writing talent.

David, who used to work as a print equipment salesman, uses the pseudonym Harry Riley.

Sins of the Father, a thriller set near the Scottish border, tells of a doctor who suspects the businessman helping keep his practice afloat might have psychopathic tendencies.

David sees the competition as a place to level the playing-field against major publishers and superstar authors.

He said: “I think the award’s a great idea. I do find it very difficult to promote my own work and just wish I had the time years ago to start writing, but I was too busy earning a living.

“I’d recommend to anyone that there’s no better time to start writing than right now.”

David’s wife, Margaret, 70, said she was ‘thrilled’.

To vote for David, head to www.peoplesbookprize.com.