A ju­ve­nile re­deemed

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Tyler Brown

Brian Mont­gomery has writ­ten his first book, in­spired by his own trou­bled past.

IN­SPIRED by his own chal­lenges and trou­bled past, Brian Mont­gomery has writ­ten his first book. Degsy Hay: A Ju­ve­nile

Re­deemed is the first in a se­ries of three and tells of a young man’s tran­si­tion from a life of poverty, crime and pri­son to re­al­is­ing his dreams of start­ing a so­cial hous­ing project for young peo­ple to break free from their own trou­bled starts.

“Six­teen-year-old Degsy is rough­ing it on the snowy streets of London with no one for com­pany but Sad­face, the three-legged dog he saved from the bins,” the syn­op­sis reads.

“He’s spent his whole life in and out of jail. “But he has a vi­sion. “He wants to turn an aban­doned school and hos­pi­tal into a hous­ing project for young peo­ple.

“It will cost mil­lions of pounds and he can’t even af­ford a bag of crisps but it’s a dream that keeps him warm at night.”

Mont­gomery said he had been strug­gling to find em­ploy­ment the past 18 months, so while he was out of work, he de­cided to write.

“I have al­ways wanted to write but it has not been easy,” the Cur­ram­bine fa­ther said.

“I have been in­spired by some of my per­sonal trou­bled life as a teen gang mem­ber, rough­ing the streets and get­ting into drugs and things.

“It brought back some un­happy mem­o­ries of my teens dur­ing my spell on the streets of London and how I had to fend off prowlers and all sorts and tak­ing drugs and sol­vents to keep warm.

“I wanted to share my up­bring­ing with other young peo­ple who can also sort them­selves out.

“I also wanted to help par­ents and ad­vise them how they can get their kids, who may be get­ting into trou­ble with the law, back on track.”

He said he was also in­spired by some of the com­mu­nity and crime pre­ven­tion projects he had de­vel­oped and im­ple­mented in the var­i­ous ar­eas he had lived.

“My own life has been en­riched by the com­mu­nity projects I’ve been in­volved in and I’ve seen how a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence can save any young per­son from the shack­les of their de­prived child­hood,” he said.

“Fic­tion is a won­der­ful ve­hi­cle for af­fect­ing change and I hope this book can save thou­sands of lives and em­power read­ers to seek a bet­ter fu­ture.”

Mont­gomery said a lot of the money from the book would be do­nated to a not-for-profit crime pre­ven­tion pro­gram he plans to start this year.

The sec­ond book, The

Hay Pa­trollers, has also been com­pleted and will be re­leased this month.

Degsy Hay: A Ju­ve­nile Re­deemed is avail­able at amzn.to/2FjvAXF.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d489426

Brian Mont­gomery’s book Degsy Hay was in­spired by his own ex­pe­ri­ences.

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