A Cannock man celebrates the publication of a first comic novel inspired by the author of Adrian Mole

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Brendan James, 57, said he’s been writing the comedy novel since the 90s

Titled “Gerard Philey’s Euro-Diary: Quest for a Life”, the book is written like a diary and follows a year in the life of the main character.

Retired university professor Brendan James, 57, tells the story of a disillusioned Midlands teacher who abandons his monotonous life in the Black Country in search of adventure abroad.

He eventually finds himself in Amsterdam running an adult store in the city’s red-light district and finds himself drawn into an unknown criminal underworld.

The book was described as an adult Adrian Mole meets Van der Valk.

Brendan said: “This is my first book, I started writing it a long time ago but the work always got in the way.

“I worked as a university teacher, but decided to take early retirement last year, which gave me a chance to finish it.

“I started writing it in the 90s.

“It’s written in the form of a diary, I’ve always been fascinated by fictional and non-fictional diaries.”

Brendan, who has lived in Cannock and the Midlands for most of his life, was inspired by the late great Sue Townsend and his own experiences living in Amsterdam for a time.

The novel is available in e-book and paperback on Amazon.

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