Novel set in Eastwood

Author Neal James of Heanor with his latest novel, 'Day of the Phoenix'.
Author Neal James of Heanor with his latest novel, 'Day of the Phoenix'.

A new political thriller hits bookshelves across the country next week and your street might feature as part of the plot.

‘Day of the Phoenix’, the sequel to Philip Neale’s 2008 novel ‘A ticket to Tewkesbury’ includes references to Eastwood and Langley Mill -known in the novel as Woodville and Longlea.

The Heanor author’s second novel follows the story of Steve Marshall, who travels to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to infiltrate the fledgling British Democratic Party (BDP).

The protagonist succeeded in ducking below the MI5 radar in the previous book by killing the only person who could betray him, and in this new novel he and the Organisation plan to take control of the BDP and, by feeding on the fears of the British electorate, gain control of Parliament by winning at the ballot box.

The book draws inspiration from real life events such as when Langley Mill found itself under a national media spotlight in November 2001 after a Channel 4 documentary which exposed extreme racial intimidation from far right groups and local residents.

Neale’s novel asks the question of the British public as to how far they would be prepared to go towards the democratic election of a fascist government.

Talking about his decision to include substantial plot points in the Broxtowe and Amber regions, Neale said: “A large part of the story is set in my home turf on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border.

“Actual locations and real life events come into play throughout the plot, although the names of local towns have been changed whilst retaining clues as to their identities to those with local knowledge,”

Philip has kept the names of the two major cities Derby and Nottingham as he has done with local street names.

‘Day of the Phoenix’, published by Pneuma Springs in Kent, goes on sale on Tuesday, August, 7 and can be purchased from Amazon, 
Waterstones, Foyles and Barnes & Noble for £8.99.

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