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The Church Across the Street

By Neil Griffin

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It’s 1962. Luke Witton is six years old and, like the times around him, his life is changing. Through extracts from his diary over the next twelve years, we learn how local, national and global events impact upon him. From his quirky insights into all things Catholic, to his gradual loss of faith and discovery of sex, drugs and rock and roll, this is a bittersweet coming of age story. But there is a dark side to this funny, nostalgic tale, as Luke is drawn unwittingly into a perilous criminal underworld and faces a terrifying choice. And yet, at 18, shouldn’t Luke’s life just be beginning?

“In a complete departure from his debut novel “Martha’s Vineyard”, Griffin introduces us to the charming insights of a six year old growing up in Northern England through the turbulent 1960’s. As Luke, the narrator, ages his voice matures in this ambitious, charming and enthralling yarn.”
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Author Neil Griffin


Neil Griffin is a husband, father and grandfather who lives in the North East of England. As a teacher he has found himself in settings from mainstream comprehensives to high security prisons. As a musician and entertainer he performed with his band “The Fabulous Wildon Brothers” on stages from the “Blood tub” workingmen’s club, Stockton upon Tees to the Royal Albert Hall in London. As a local politician he has served as a member of Arts Council England and as Mayor of Durham City. A role which brought, vegetarian, Neil to the attention of the nation’s media when the fur on the mayoral robes was replaced with fake fur and he became nicknamed the “Veggie Burgher” by the UK’s national press. After the success of Martha’s Vineyard, his first novel, Neil has given up teaching to write full time. His latest novel, The Church Across the Street, was released on August 1st 2013.

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