Alfie’s hopes for a novel success

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A MIDDLETON-ON-THE WOLDS author is hoping for huge success with his second novel, which is to be released on Monday.

Alfie Robins, 61, who moved to Middleton in 1978 sold over 38,000 copies of his debut novel, Reprisal, which reached sixth in the best-sellers list.

Fans of the author, who is originally from Hull, are now eagerly anticipating the release of his second novel, Just Whistle, which, like Reprisal, is set in Alfie’s home city.

Alfie said: “I was stunned by the success of Reprisal though there is a strong demand for good British fiction set in Yorkshire. Hull in particular is a great backdrop for crime fiction as the city and surrounding area is so diverse in landscape and history.”

Just Whistle is a crime thriller which draws on Hull for inspiration. It is a complex tale of author, John Osbourne, who is writing a crime novel whose characters become so real that the lines between fact and fiction become blurred as he strives to solve a disturbing murder case.

Born and raised in Kingston-Upon-Hull, Alfie left school at 15 with no formal qualifications and started work as a ships carpenter working on the trawlers on Hull fish dock.

Over the years he has worked as a carpenter, production manager in the caravan industry and sales manager with a radio communications company, to name but a few. He has also worked as a post man in Driffield for a short time .

In 1997 took up a degree in economic and social history at Hull University, graduating with second class honours degree.

The Middleton resident, who is now retired, realised his talents for writing whilst on sick leave due to an injury.

“Writing is something that I’ve always wanted to do but never thought could,” Alfie added.

However, following the success of Reprisal the author is hoping Just Whistle will achieve even bigger things, saying: “I’ve got big hopes for it.”

Just Whistle is published by Caffeine Nights publishing and is available in paperback and eBook formats from all good book stores and online from September 5. On Saturday September 8 Alfie will be in Waterstones in Hull where he will be signing copies of the book from 12noon.