War and football meet in new novel

Les Rowley with his new novel Farewell To Kings. PIC: Steve Riding
Les Rowley with his new novel Farewell To Kings. PIC: Steve Riding
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Football fan Les Rowley has a new book out and it features his favourite sport.

The journalist and writer, who was also a television producer, says his new novel Farewell to Kings has a topical World War One theme, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.

Les, 52, from West Park, said of his first fiction novel: “It is World at War meets Match of the Day. It is set in the future, in the summer of 2017 in Leeds, precisely 99 years and 199 days after the end of World War One.

“But nearly a century later, one battle remains unfinished and old enemies must face each other a final time to win the most treasured artefact of WWI - the Whistle of Peace.”

The story is about a war museum in Leeds that gets wind of the Holy Grail of wartime memorabilia.

To own it and become the salvation of war museums nationwide it must enter into battle - a game of football- with the old enemy of 100 years ago, on the very ground where millions lost their lives.

Leeds United fan Les, a keen cyclist, adapted the stage play of Paint it White at West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2011, to much acclaim.

The comedy was based on the life of Kippax painter and decorator Gary Edwards, an avid Leeds fan.

Father-of-three Les added: “I’ve drawn on history’s darkest period and the pending anniversary to produce this novel about an unfinished battle.”

He also wrote Where Are They Now ? Life After Leeds United, which came out in 2005.

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