Nick’s fifth book is a historical send-up

PUBLISHED: 10:54 19 June 2011

Weston author Nick Harding lampoons The Da Vinci Code is his latest novel

Weston author Nick Harding lampoons The Da Vinci Code is his latest novel

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A TONGUE-IN-CHEEK send-up of historical novels such as the The Da Vinci Code is the fifth book to be published by a Weston writer.

Screenwriter and author Nick Harding, of Woodland Road, has unveiled Sunsphere, a satire of the Dan Brown hit and the wave of similar stories which have followed.

In a story spanning the United States, Iraq, England and Italy, Nick’s novel follows the discovery of a collection of lost manuscripts at a Somerset manor house.

The documents appear to authenticate outlandish historical theories laid out in a novel entitled Sunsphere – but all is not as it seems.

Nick said: “I was getting tired of the silly and ignorant conspiracy theories that say that all of history has somehow been one extraordinary plot by unseen and shadowy forces, such as the mythic Illuminati or villainous, James Bond-style, moustache-twiddling Freemasons, who seemed to get blamed for all kinds of nefarious activities.

“The novel sends all that up.”

The book is grounded in real life, but peppered with wry jokes and sideswipes at the alternative history movement. Nick, who writes a blog on the Mercury website entitled What Do Atheists Get For Christmas? said: “The basic premise is where does reality start and myth begin?

“With The Da Vinci Code it was a myth built on a practical joke built on a myth, a metaphorical house of cards as it were but it was amazing how many actually believed it was true.

“In terms of the story structure I tried to keep in mind a maze with little dead ends, intriguing asides and routes that point the reader in the wrong direction, which may or may not pay off in a sequel.

“There are lots of subplots too and I’ve also added in a host of my favourite conspiracy theories.”

Nick is also working on several film projects as a screenwriter.

Pinewood Studios is preparing to begin shooting a thriller he has written, while he is also working on a screenplay for Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist, King Kong) and Michael Nyqvist (Mission Impossible 4, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). Sunsphere is published by Mutus Liber at £8.99. It is available on Amazon, ISBN 978-0-9555230-5-2

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