New novel, inspired by St Augustine's

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Posted by Dave Espley on January 07, 2014 at 15:09:59:

I've written a novel which has just been released, and it may be of interest to people here for a number of reasons.

Primarily, a large amount of it is inspired by the experience of Augustine's, although it's worth pointing out, of course, that all characters and incidents are fictitious. That isn't just your standard arse-covering disclaimer, by the way - there are some scenes which were directly inspired by discussions which I've read on here over the years, especially in the early days of the site, which hinted at things of which I hadn't had direct experience myself. So whilst it is completely fictional, certain things have been inspired by other people's versions of the truth, and one or two events are based on mine.

So yes, the fictional school in the book, St Benedict's, occupies the same physical space as does St Augustine's in our world. The headteacher definitely isn't Spike (although he is also defined by his nickname), and the main teaching protagonist is certainly not based on anyone I ever came across there.

Although it's been a long time (about 35 years) since he said it, the inspiration to write was planted by Richard Scrowston and some kind words he said to me in about 1979. I'm only sad that it took me so long to do what he suggested that he's not around to see the results. I'd have loved to have discussed it with him.

It's Kindle e-book only at the moment, but you don't need a Kindle to read it. You can download free kindle apps for all smartphones and tablets from the relevant app stores, and also apps for web browsers (or failing that, simply use the Kindle Cloud reader at

Here's the direct link to the book on Amazon:

Here's a link to my website, which has more details:

Finally, if you do read and like it, I'd appreciate reviews on Amazon, and shares through social media. Thanks.

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