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Ormskirk author's first novel praised by Julian Assange

Roy David's anger at the Iraq War prompted him to write

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A best-selling author from Ormskirk is celebrating the release of his first novel.

An Enemy Within is ex-journalist Roy David’s first venture into fiction that has received praise from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who read it during his asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Roy, who lived in the Ormskirk area for more than 20 years, was formerly a partner in record shop, Soundsgood, which started in Derby Street West before moving to Burscough Street. He also used to juggle his shop-keeping with his night work as a sub-editor on the Daily Post.

Roy has already written several non-fiction books with the investigation into the downfall of former champion jockey Lester Piggott reaching No 9 in the Sunday Times best-seller list.

His new novel is set against the first nine months of the Iraq War, and features a New York- based freelance photographer, Alexandra Stead, who takes on the might of the CIA when she discovers a secret plot to boost the president’s popularity in his re-election campaign.

Roy, 67,  said: “I never thought I’d be able to write a novel as my background is in non-fiction, but I was just so angry about the invasion of Iraq and a plot began to form in my head, so I had to write it. It was like a mosaic really; the pieces all began to slot together and after three years I’m finally happy with it.

“‘The book is getting some good pre-publication reviews which is great and I just hope people enjoy it. I’m already working on a follow-up with two of  the characters from this book and that’s going really well.”

Julian Assange said: “This is a wonderful subversive thriller that gets the reader to confront hard truths about the American misadventure in Iraq and the power of its propaganda.”

An Enemy Within is published by the Book Guild, priced £10.99. and is also available as an e-book.