Retired Burnley miner who started writing during lockdown completes fifth book

The Five Books of Peter
The Five Books of Peter

Peter Booth (62) started writing during the first lockdown after being inspired by his poker partner, friend and prolific author from Burnley, John Cowell.

Now, the retired miner and delivery driver has completed his fifth, semi-autobiographical “My Grandfather the Cuckoo.”

He said: “The book is partly based on my life as a child having to go and live on a farm with my grandparents. A little later mum passed away and dad hit the bottle.

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“Grandpa had a trick of eggs and chicken and sold them on the streets of Burnley. He had a few girlfriends around, and when I asked later in life he said they were all widowed because their husbands had died in the war and he felt they all needed a little hug. He left his eggs in other nests like cuckoos do, and he felt he had to repopulate a bit of the region!”

Peter, of Fenwick Street, said he had always believed he had a book in him and that the lockdown provided the perfect opportunity to put pen to paper – the result being ‘Boggarts in Burnley’, a narrative in factual and fictional part of his grandfather John Leaver, a sharecropper from Worsthorne, and his battle against the wicked Lancastrian “dwarfs”.

The second and third books in the trilogy were “Boggarts Help Save Burnley” and “Boggarts in the Burnley Commune”, available for sale on Amazon. His fourth book was called “Twenty True Tales to Tell”.

Peter said: “My good friend John Cowell said that as I was in isolation due to Covid-19 I should write a book like he did. I am now retired due to cancer of the lymphoma and type 2 diabetes. So I did, and the “Boggart Trilogy” was born.

“Now I have two more written along with another due out in February, ‘Coal Blooded Killer’.”


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