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A Level English student Daniel Shipley (aged 17) is overjoyed to have his first novel ‘The Glorified Sinner’ published on Kindle, with a paperback in the offing.

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Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde, Daniel , formerly of Manor C of E School, began writing his first gothic novel in Year 9! His first short novel featured a character called Quinton and on showing his work to friends he received positive feedback – so he kept on writing!

Daniel enjoyed reading Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse stories and on returning to his own original novel he decided to turn the character of Quinton into a Victorian detective. Three books later, Daniel’s mum encouraged him to send his work to a small publishing company who responded asking him to write them a further novel.

Daniel wrote ‘The Glorified Sinner’ during his first year of A Level study at College. Set in a small English village in the 1930s and featuring detective Alf Greenway, Daniel was delighted to find out that his novel was deemed worthy of publishing by Sycamore Publishing.

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(photograph: Freya Marshall Payne)

Daniel Says: “It is mind blowing! I don’t expect my novel to be a best seller, simply seeing my work on Amazon is so rewarding, yet weird! I’ve already planned my next novel and I have lots of ideas. I really enjoy writing, I have received support throughout the writing process and my parents are very encouraging.”

Daniel is looking forward to studying Creative Writing at York St John University next year.


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