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Journalist forgot he had penned time travel novel!

Journalist forgot he had penned time travel novel!

by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Writing a novel is an unforgettable event - but that’s precisely what happened to Merseyside journalist Ian Ross.

After being on the brink of death from post-op complications following heart surgery he finally returned home and by chance stumbled across a time-travel thriller he had written.

“I was clearing out my ageing laptop when I found the book, ‘For The Good Of All’. I was dumbfounded, I simply could not remember writing it,” explained 65-year-old Ian, a journalist formerly based in Southport. 

“It’s rather ironic that it’s about time travel, as I had to travel back in time to find it!” he added.

Now the book, centring around the mythical German ‘wonder weapon’ Die Glocke, has been published by the Book Guild. The pandemic means the current closure of book stores but the paperback will be available via Amazon from February 28.

Ian, an award winning journalist, lives in Liverpool and has previously had three non-fiction books - all sports related - published but this is his first foray into the world of fiction. 

The story revolves around a dying man travelling back in time to save rock star Jim Morrison from succumbing to a drug overdose in 1970 and to prevent his hero Oscar Wilde from dying in a squalid Paris hotel room in 1900.

“I’d like to tell how I dreamt up the plot but I have no idea though I’ve long been interested in the fascinating concept of time travel,” said Ian.

“I underwent major heart surgery and had been warned that my memory might be temporarily affected during my recovery but even later finding the manuscript on my laptop did nothing to jog my memory.”

Ian nearly died while in a coma for three weeks on life support after complications following his surgery and spent a total of eight weeks in intensive care. It was while convalescing at home that he unexpectedly discovered he was a novelist!

He found he had actually written the 120,000 word piece in a seven week period just months before entering hospital but had lost all memory of it.

He found he had actually written the 120,000 word piece in a seven week period just months before entering hospital but had lost all memory of it.

Before spending ten years as Director of Communications at Everton FC, Ian worked in Southport followed by the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo, The Times, The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph as a sports writer.

“For The Good Of All” is released on February 28 via Amazon at £9.99 and can be pre-ordered.

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