Crime still paying as Ben’s thriller is an Angel of a book

Sheffield author Ben Cheetham who has sold 150,000 copies of his book on Amazon
Sheffield author Ben Cheetham who has sold 150,000 copies of his book on Amazon
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...And here’s another city writer who’s done rather well from words...

Regular readers may remember Ben Cheetham. He’s the Totley amateur novelist who wrote a crime thriller set in Sheffield, popped it online to see if anyone would buy it and then watched gobsmacked as it sold more than 120,000 Kindle copies.

It earned him £40,000, and an international deal with London publishers Head Of Zeus.

Ben’s second novel is released in paperback today.

Angel Of Death, like it’s predecessor Blood Guilt, is based in South Yorkshire. There’s death, there’s devastation, there’s the River Don.

“I think setting the novels here has actually added to their universal appeal,” says the 38-year-old father-of-one, of Laverdene Avenue. “This is a city that holds a mirror up to the flawed heroes of my novels. It’s both bleak and beautiful. It provides the perfect raw material for writers exploring the darker side of human nature.”

And the characters will return twice more after Ben was given a four-book deal.

“My work was rejected by publishers for years,” he says. “So it was amazing to walk in Meadowhall Waterstones the other day and see Blood Guilt had its own display.”

n Angel Of Death is in book shops now.