Ex-LRGS pupil thinks Pink for his first crime novel

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A former LRGS pupil – who grew up in Halton – is in the Pink after penning a novel.

Matthew Pink, 32, went to St Wilfrid’s school in Halton and his mum Kathryn and brother Jonathan still live in the village.

Scafell is his first novel and it’s a crime story set in the North of England.

Matthew said: “Having grown up in the rural idyll where Cumbria rubs up against Lancashire, gorging on books and music magazines and surrounded by Swaledale sheep, I shuffled off to study languages at the University Of Leeds.

“From there I moved abroad to work and study in France and Italy, picking up the cinephile virus while studying film in a French university on the way.

The French are largely to blame for my love of crime fiction too. Well, the French and the Hardy Boys whose books I used to stuff my suitcase with when holidaying as a nipper.

“After an extended period living in Madrid at the end of my studies, I moved to London. Since then the bus of life has made stops in Bristol and Cambridge.

“In the more distant past I’ve worked as a children’s campsite entertainer, a beater for grouse shoots, a pretend Press Gang officer for the Royal Navy, a guide on witch tours, a sales assistant in an Iraqi shop, a club DJ, and a nursery school teaching assistant. I am quite flexible.

“While my arts journalism has focused largely on the use of music and sound design in cinema, I scratched a long-time itch by writing my first crime e-novel Scafell while working in Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil.”

Featuring murder, birdwatching, rain, whisky and music, Scafell is the first novel to feature ex-cop Sparky Markham. The e-book also includes music from, among others, Link Wray, Boards of Canada, Karen Dalton and Tom Waits.

And there’ll be more of Sparky to come with a sequel some time this year.

Matthew said: “This one was the test and it seems to going down well.

“I’ve had a positive response which has been nice – from friends and people on the internet.

“There’ll be a follow-up in 2013.”

Matthew has recently moved to Norwich and is engaged to be married to researcher Anna.

*Scafell is available as an e-book and downloadable in various formats.