New book inspired by war veteran neighbour
ANDREW Harris's latest book was a lifetime in the making, inspired by his own actions as a curious eight-year-old, quizzing his war veteran neighbour about his time in the war.
"I was just a kid, annoying him with questions. Most war veterans of that era don't like talking about it, so that's been the basis for this novel," he said.
The book follows a young man whose love endures the nightmarish horror of the First World War on the front line, part fictionalised but with true historical references.
"The book took me a solid year and-a-half worth of researching and writing," Mr Harris said.
"It's told from an English perspective but there is a huge Australian section, and the anti-war message is strong, regardless of where you're from.
"It's been something I've wanted to write since I was seven or eight years old. I've had it in the back of my mind almost my whole life."
The local TAFE teacher said 1600 men died on the first day of the war "which compared to these days, is a significant number".
"(And) the 100th anniversary of the first day of World War One is in about seven months, so it's quite timely."
Available on amazon.com, the book, A Time Since Passed, is the seventh novel Mr Harris has had published.