Author returns to roots for new book

CHILDREN'S author Greg Weston's new book has a story centred on his home town of Felixstowe - some of it set deep beneath the resort's streets.

CHILDREN'S author Greg Weston's new book has a story centred on his home town of Felixstowe - some of it set deep beneath the resort's streets.

Ocean View Terrace and the Blue Pirate Eater continues the story of the characters in his first novel - Ocean View Terrace - for young readers which charted the adventures of a small band of children who discover, to their amazement, a secret passageway running underneath their street.

It is a secret passageway leading to a whole new world - one of whirlwind adventures, midnight parties and sweet shop raids, twinkling magic and talking mice.

Father-of-three Greg's latest book - his third in three years - is aimed at eight to 12 year olds.


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The children return to the long abandoned passageways to find they have been taken over by pirates.

The pirates, hiding on Sealand off the Felixstowe coast and in the secluded Martello towers dotted along the shoreline, are carrying out raids along the coast, stealing, pillaging and burning down beach huts.

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The young detectives must lie in wait and watch the strange comings and goings in the dead of night at Felixstowe Ferry and find out what goes on behind the boring brick exterior of the telephone exchange on Beatrice Avenue.

Greg, who lives with his wife Julie and their children Emily, 12, Jack, eight, and four month old Katie, in Berners Road, is an accountant by day and writes children's books by night.

“It all started with my daughter, Emily, and the stories which we made up together over many a bedtime, which eventually became the basis for the first book,” he said.

“Stories based around places we knew.

“We also included her little brother Jack in the stories and many of her friends.

“So not only are the places true to life, many of the characters in the book are real children too! “Even the name of the book comes from a real street in Felixstowe which was once named Ocean Terrace. There is still the plaque on the brickwork in the centre of the terrace announcing the name.”

At the moment Greg and Emily are working on a book together called Zillionaire.

“It's by far the zaniest book we've done - thanks to lots of wacky ideas from Emily - about a boy, a five pound note, someone who wins the lottery and a duck,” he said.

Greg Weston will be signing copies of Ocean View Terrace and the Blue Pirate Eater at Magpie Books, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, on Saturday July 5 from 10am to noon. The book is £6.99.

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