High­flier Julien has novel pub­lished

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FOR­MER pilot has had his novel which is set in a Bucks town pub­lished.

Julien Evans, 67, from Che­sham, has just had his fifth novel since re­tir­ing as a com­mer­cial air­line cap­tain six years ago pub­lished.

The novel is called Chalk and Cheese the nar­ra­tive is mainly set in 1962, partly in Che­sham and partly in Ham­burg, where some of the story’s char­ac­ters are mem­bers of a Bri­tish pop group.

Two of the main char­ac­ters, Clem and Diana, are se­nior teach­ers in the fic­ti­tious Che­sham Bois Gram­mar School, which is where Che­sham Bois Manor House in Amer­sham Road, Che­sham, is.

One of the char­ac­ters also lives in Wa­ter­side, which has been re­named River­bank Lane for the book.

Mr Evans’ air­line ca­reer spanned 36 years, mostly with Bri­tan­nia Air­ways, now Thom­son Air­ways, fly­ing Boe­ing 737s, 757s and 767s

Aall over the world. Be­cause of his back­ground there’s a strong avi­a­tion flavour in Mr Evans’ past four books, but in Chalk and Cheese it is only a sub plot with part of the story fea­tur­ing the fa­mous Ber­lin Air­lift of 1948 to 1949.

Mr Evans, who still flies light air­craft as a hobby, self-pub­lished his book with Kin­dle.

He said: “I very much en­joy writ­ing but I’m not an ex­pert, this s an am­a­teur thing for me. There’s ome days when I think I’m wast­ing my time, I should be mow­ing the lawn and there’s oth­ers when I’m on a roll and I get good uff com­ing out of my lit­tle brain. “It’s very hard to get fic­tion ub­lished, there’s mil­lions of peo­ple ying to be J.K Rowling and there’s nly one J.K Rowling, so I’d ad­vise eo­ple to self pub­lish.” The grand­fa­ther said Che­sham, here he has lived since 1981, did spire the book. He added: “There’s one it where e char­ac­ters have to play foot­ball and hockey on the school’s un­even ter­rain, which is in­ter­est­ing. I like Che­sham, it’s got a nice feel to it. It’s cosy.”

Giv­ing ad­vice to bud­ding au­thors, Mr Evans said: “It’s about per­se­ver­ance, don’t give up.”

Chalk and Cheese is avail­able to buy from the Kin­dle store.

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