AN author is ready to pick up his pen once more with another instalment of life in St Helens.
Geoff Lee, who grew up in St Helens, and lived in Leigh for a short time, is currently writing his sixth novel, which focuses on a group of characters in the fictional town of Ashurst, located between Wigan and St Helens.
The series which begins during the terrible winter of 1962/63 features such everyday topics as romance, family, old friends, work, northern humour and rugby league, with many story lines based on his own experiences in life and those of former work mates, relatives and friends.
Geoff, 74, said: “As an author it is always good to write about what you know. As I grew up in St Helens and have friends from Wigan, it seemed like the perfect setting for my books.
“I have a general interest in South Lancashire history and rugby league - both Warriors and Saints, so it all gets featured in my books.
“A lot of my inspiration comes from the people I know. When I lived in Leigh I was an apprentice at BICC - British Insulated Callender’s Cables (BICC).
“They were such a bunch of comedians - they certainly left a lasting impression.
“I am certainly ready to start this next book and am looking forward to it.
“I expect to finish it between one and two years.”
My last book, Two Seasons, took me 14 months.”
Geoff, a father-of-two, who now lives in Keighley, West Yorkshire, will be signing copies of his current book - Two Seasons - at WH Smith, in Wigan, on Saturday from 10.30am.