SHEFFIELD Hallam University writing graduate Nick Triplow has landed some of the best validation for his debut novel.
His crime fiction tale Frank’s Wild Years earned the approval of Mike Hodges, director of classic British crime movie Get Carter.
He described Nick’s tome as “an urban masterpiece; riveting from first to last” and went on to call the author “the true successor to Ted Lewis” – Ted being the writer whose novel Hodges adapted for the iconic 1971 gangster flick starring Michael Caine.
Nick, who lives in Barton on Humber, honed his craft in the mid noughties on the Hallam University MA Writing course tutored by Man-Booker longlister Jane Rogers.
On Saturday he will be signing copies of his first novel at the Doncaster branch of Waterstones from 11am. He will do the same at the chain’s Orchard Square branch on June 16.
Frank’s Wild Years is set in the murky south London underworld where Frank Neaves has seen the blurred lines and lies of his past swept away in the bottom of a whisky glass.
Frank wants to forget the life he left behind, but the present has a way stirring up old memories and lost loyalties.
London born, Nick moved to north Lincolnshire in 2001, but his time in the capital added colour to his writing.
“I made use of the years growing up in south London as inspiration for Frank’s Wild Years,” he adds.
“The characters from the ’60s were still there – a little worn at the edges, but still with an old style charm.”