Lancaster writer Charlie Workman has just had his third book published, at the age of 88.
The book is a 60-page novella entitled Duplicity in which the great great grandfather expresses his disappointment with post 1997 New Labour.
Workman was born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and as a young man worked in a shipyard, later becoming a merchant seaman between 1940 and 1952. He has no regrets about leaving the service, having taken the path of his choice, and had been given the opportunity to see the world.
His first book, From Hardships to Steamships, details these times. The autobiography was published in 2004 when he was 83, and he has gone on to publish a short story as well as his latest novella. Workman, who has six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, says his family encouraged him to begin writing:
“They were telling me I had to get my experiences down on paper while I was still able to”.
Duplicity, a fiction, explores ideas of political conspiracy theories and control. The work reflects Workman’s strong sense of social justice, instilled by his father.