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Grantham artist and designer's novel published 20 years after it was written




A Grantham artist and designer has had a novel published, 20 years after it was written.

Richard Coppin is delighted to have attracted a publisher for his book The Curse of Beckett’s Wood. The book has been published by Strand Publishing UK.

Richard has written the book under the pseudonym R. E. Witham. The story concerns a cyclist, David Harper, whose arrival in a village bordering an eerie wood sets in motion consequences that have far reaching effects.

Richard Coppin with his book The Curse of Beckett's Wood. (38505230)
Richard Coppin with his book The Curse of Beckett's Wood. (38505230)

Richard says there are many different aspects to the book. He describes it as a “dark, sinister psychological thriller with a big twist at the end”.

Richard said: “This is a book not for the prude or the easily offended but rather a tale for those with the nerve to descend with David Harper into those frightening and desolate corners of the mind.

“In its simplest form this is the story of a mental breakdown as seen from the inside, and its unsettling aspect comes from the fact that it highlights that none of us are immune to having the balance of our minds disturbed or our psyche’s broken in such a way.”

Richard’s book occupied three ringbinders when it was first written. He said: “It was my only copy, but now anybody in the world can buy it. It’s a nice feeling. It’s come of age. People have told me they find it gripping and it’s nice to know they have found it like that.”

For more details about the book go to www.strandpublishing.co.uk (ISBN It is available to order from Amazon and WHSmith.



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