Mur­der and sex in Hayes

Dad of two writes first novel based on a ‘lit­tle idea’ he had

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN ICK­EN­HAM man has pub­lished a book filled with drama, affairs, mur­der and... Hayes!

Dad-of-two Neal Bircher, 51, took his decade long hobby of writ­ing to the next level with the pub­li­ca­tion of his book Love Sex Work Mur­der.

Read­ers in the Hilling­don bor­ough may feel a sense of deja vu while flick­ing through the pages, as Hayes was an in­spi­ra­tion for the book.

Mr Bircher said: “I read a fair bit my­self and one day I thought, ‘I can do bet­ter than most of th­ese’.

“I had a lit­tle idea, played around with it and just put it into words. The book is an of­fice ro­mance that leads to mur­der.

“It’s a cou­ple hav­ing an af­fair and then the woman’s hus­band is mur­dered. You don’t know whether they’re re­spon­si­ble or if some­one else is. You find out on the last page what hap­pened.”

Speak­ing about the lo­cal in­flu­ences, the first­time-pub­lished au­thor added: “There’s a fair bit about the Grand Union Canal and some of the pubs along it.

“I’ve re­named them, but peo­ple can work it out I think. I did name the Blue An­chor in Hayes but it’s closed down now.

“Hayes was quite an in­spi­ra­tion as I lived in Hilling­don and used to walk to work ev­ery day and I was com­pos­ing things in my heads as I walked.”

Mr Bircher, an IT man­ager, thinks the book could be en­joyed by a wide au­di­ence and ex­plains his writ­ing style.

He said: “I get frus­trated by books be­ing un­re­al­is­tic and clichéd so I avoid ex­treme things.

“You’ll get a book about or­di­nary ev­ery­day peo­ple that some­how in­volves a govern­ment con­spir­acy.

“It’s just not real so I just kept it down to earth and added in a few lit­tle jokes in­volv­ing of­fice and pub life.”

Love Sex Work Mur­der is avail­able to buy on ama­ for £7.95 in pa­per­back edi­tion or 99p for the Kin­dle.

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