Martha’s Vineyard

By Neil Griffin

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An “out of the blue” inheritance from an aunt he didn’t even know existed takes aspiring novelist and English teacher, Bob Hazzard to the idyllic resort of Xenothenia on Greece’s Mani Peninsula, where he resolves to put down roots, set up a writers’ retreat and write the perfect holiday novel. Leaving behind his life in Fletcherford in northern England, his friends from Fletcherford Writers’ group and Sally, his foul-mouthed, best friend, colleague and confidante from Fletcherford Community College, he embarks on an adventure that will transform his life forever. As the larger than life,Yiorgi and the womanising Vangelis, friends of the deceased Martha, help him, in their own ways, to settle into his new life Bob begins to piece together the details of his aunt’s life and that of her mysterious husband Dimitri. The dark secrets of Martha’s Vineyard take Bob on a harrowing journey of self-discovery revealing the true meaning of love, belonging and revenge.

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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