Granddad writes first novel
PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 October 2010 | UPDATED: 16:08 03 November 2010
A WESTON granddad has written a novel which ties together fiction with a real-life mystery surrounding a train crash near Bristol in the 1920s.
For the last 30 years Alan Hamilton has been intrigued by the story of the Children of Charfield.
Two school-age youngsters died in the Charfield Rail Crash in 1928, but their bodies were never claimed.
They were buried in a mass grave along with 10 other people who died in the disaster, and on the memorial plaque, underneath the names of the identified victims, it simply states ‘Two Unknown’.
Alan, fascinated by the story, decided to write a book about two fictional children from a middle-class background, and what led them to be on a train without any adult supervision.
The 74-year-old, of South Road, said: “The story is about how a family between the world wars disintegrates.
“I remember reading about the crash and thinking this was an amazing story and I started checking up on it in some railway books.
“When I retired I felt I had the time to pick this up again and started writing it in 2008.”
The book, entitled Two Unknown, covers a range of topics including sexual abuse and gender confusion.
It was published by Sparkling Books and was released in shops in September.
The book, priced £14.99, will be available at Waterstones in the Sovereign Shopping Centre.
A book signing arranged for this Saturday in the store has been postponed.