Leslie Grantham Replaces Dirty Den with a Pen – Casting Spell in Compelling Fantasy Novel.
Leslie Grantham’s career has spanned 35 years, he made his mark on UK television, film and stage history. He’s been in many well know productions including Doctor Who, Jewel in the Crown, Shadow Run, The Paradise Club and as co-presenter of Fort Boyard.
Many of us will now Leslie Grantham as Albert Square’s chilling Dirty Den from Eastenders, which he was in from 1984-1989 and returned to in 2003-2005 to his quirky pantomime forays, Grantham is now adding yet another string to his bow, with the release of his first ever fantasy novel.
A regular in pantomime as principal lead, producer and director, he spends his spare time writing. Leslie was inspired to write this story after listening to some school kids on a bus discussing their homework, which was about finding King Richard the third’s skeleton under a car park in Leicester.
‘Jack Bates and the Wizard’s Spell’ breaks new ground by fusing the much-loved hallmarks of fantasy fiction with a wholly unique narrative that is as unconventional as Grantham himself. It’s a rare fusion of folklore and history; a cocktail of adventure that will be keeping lights around the country on late into the night.
Jack Bates and the Wizard’s Spell Synopsis
Jack Bates and the Wizard’s Spell is the first in a series of books chronicling the adventures of Jack and his friends in the wonderful world of the OTHER. It’s a rollercoaster ride, full of drama and colour, strange creatures and strange landscapes. Full of magic! The book is unique in its genre, as it combines the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower with true history, myth and legend. It’s a story that’s different than any other you may have read. Could it be true? Who knows? Jack Bates and the Wizard’s Spell will be enjoyed by kids of all ages, from eight to eighty and beyond. It has everything action, adventure, enchantment, romance, wizardry and total charm. The reader will travel with Jack on his journey from a shy, introverted boy, to a courageous young leader and his character will resonate with and appeal to kids and adults alike boys and girls, men and women. The narrative is simple but sophisticated , and that’s not a contradiction in terms. The story is simple enough for younger readers to understand, yet the style is sophisticated enough for older readers to appreciate. You won t just like Jack Bates and the Wizard’s Spell , you’ll love it! You’ll be captivated from the very first page, wanting to know what’s going to happen next, feeling as if you’re a part of the story inside the pages yourself!
Leslie Grantham explained, “Many people don’t know that, behind the scenes and away from the spotlight, I’m a prolific and extremely passionate writer,” he went on to say “I’ve always wanted to write something for the fantasy marketplace and now is a perfect time – the genre is more popular than it has ever been! I certainly hope it brings something new to the market and keeps readers engrossed until the last page.”
Grantham also went on to say about the new book, “It really is a very rare fusion of fact and fiction that takes its cues from many of London’s most famous streets, as well as County Cork in Ireland, and then visits an entirely new world that I conceived myself. There’s plenty of magic and myth to go around, and I already have the next book on my writing table!”
‘Jack Bates and the Wizard’s Spell’, from Mambi Books, is due for release on July 13th, 2016.