A NOVELIST is pursing his lifelong dream and writing a Sherlock Holmes book set in Eastbourne.
The character was said to retire to the area and there is a blue plaque proudly displayed on a home in East Dean.
So author James Lovegrove was delighted when his publishers commissioned him to write an Eastbourne-based Sherlock Holmes novel.
James, 46, lives in the Meads area of Eastbourne and has had 40 books published in his writing career.
He writes science fiction and books for children and teenagers.
However, he says the Sherlock book will be a new and exciting challenge.
James explained he pitched the idea to the publisher and was delighted when he was commissioned to write it.
He said, “Because I live here, I thought it would be fun to use some of the local landmarks and sites.
“However, it is being set at the turn of the century so I need to make sure I get my facts right and that it is historically correct.
“That is something I haven’t really done before because I usually create fictitious towns and when I write about London, it is always a fictitious London.
“So this is going to be a new challenge for me and one I am really looking forward to.”
James says he has already started considering his research material and says there is a wide range of resources open to him.
“The library has offered its archive and I really don’t think I will be short of material,” said James.
James said writing the Sherlock Holmes book will be a ‘boyhood dream come true’.
He said, “I have read Sherlock Holmes since I was a young boy.
“I would read them with my father and I suppose I have been a fan since I was about 10 or 11 so this really is exciting for me.”
Busy James is currently working on other books, but hopes to start the Eastbourne-based Sherlock Holmes novel next year.