A belting read from pensioner

Christopher Strain with a copy of his book. Picture by FRANK REID
Christopher Strain with a copy of his book. Picture by FRANK REID
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A TOWN pensioner is delighted that 15 years of hard work has paid off with the publication of his first book.

Christopher Strain, 61, has penned his first novel “A Right Belter”, after putting years of ideas onto paper.

Set in 1960s Teesside, the book tells the story of a teenager with a dream, who is faced with a host of obstacles before it is realised.

And while the book is classed as fictional, Christopher, who lives in the West View area, admits some parts of it have been written from his own experiences.

Christopher, who hails from Stratford-upon-Avon and moved to Hartlepool 11 years ago, said: “I felt so proud finally finishing the book and seeing it published.

“The hard work has definitely paid off, it’s taken me about 15 years to see this finished.”

Christopher has turned his attentions to making a name for himself in the literary world having initially harboured plans to be a stage actor.

He attended The Guildford School of Acting and then went on to various star in a variety of productions, eventually directing a number of plays.

But he is now fully focused on writing, and after his first book hit the shelves, he is already planning part two.

He added: “The first book is set in the 1960s, and the next one I do will be called Never Say Die and will be centered around the 1980s.

“I hope to have that finished next year.”

Christopher, who lives with wife Lynne and has two daughters and two sons from a previous marriage, added: “I have to thank my family for their support and encouragement in completing the book.”

A Right Belter is available now in various book stores around Hartlepool.