Former Doncaster teacher pens first novel

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A former Doncaster schoolteacher has returned to the classroom to pen his very first novel.

English teacher John Irving Clarke, who spent twenty years teaching in schools across Yorkshire including Balby Carr School where he was Head of English, has drawn on his educational experiences for his first book, Who the Hell is Ricky Bell?

The hard-hitting novel focuses on the rocky road to romance for two teenage school pupils.

He said: “Although the characters and the setting are fictional, the tone of the novel is true to South Yorkshire heritage.

John, who lives in Wakefield, said: “I didn’t want to pull any punches, I wanted to paint a realistic picture of the bumpy journey through life faced by young people but essentially it is a love story.”

Published by Currock Press, Who the hell is Ricky Bell? is available on Amazon priced £6.99.