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A familiar face from the television screens of Devon and Cornwall has described his long battle to beat depression in a moving new book
Posted on: October 4th 2019
Section: Member news


A familiar face from the television screens of Devon and Cornwall has described his long battle to beat depression in a moving new book.

Simon Hall, who was a reporter for BBC Spotlight, and Radio Devon and Cornwall for 20 years, describes The Editor as “the most difficult, but the most important novel I’ve ever written.”

The story follows three very different characters who have lost hope in life and set about trying to get it back.
They’re led by a mysterious stranger, known only as Ed, who claims to know the secret of rediscovering hope.

The story begins when a mysterious advert appears in a local newspaper – 

Have you lost hope in life? Wondering what’s the use of going on?
When did you last really smile? Do you want to laugh again? 
Would you like to restore your sense of hope?*
The Falcon Labs, Chesterton Road, ten o’clock, Monday morning.
Very limited places.
*This is in no way a religious, cult or political movement, a con or moneymaking scheme, it involves nothing criminal or immoral, there’s no obligation for anything, nothing to sign up to, and there’s nothing being sold.**
**Apart from hope.

So gather the unorthodox, unpredictable, and unruly voyagers, united in the quest to rediscover hope in their lives. 

Mitch, a former Crime Scene Investigator, Olivia, a brilliant PhD student, and Florence, a middle-aged solicitor, find themselves working with the enigmatic Ed. 

But when Maddie, a teenage girl, disappears in sinister circumstances, the team are drawn into the hunt for her. And when a neighbour’s body is discovered in a pool of blood, they realise they must use their unique skills in a race against time to save Maddie. 

But can they solve the mystery before it’s too late? And before Ed’s shadowy past overcomes them all?

A quirky, pacey, twist and turn thriller which explores the depths of the human psyche, The Editor is written by Simon Hall, now a tutor and lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and former BBC News Correspondent.

“The book came about because I noticed, behind their smiles, how many people had lost hope in life. And I began to wonder what it would take to get it back,” he said. 

For more information, or to arrange an interview, feel free to email Simon simon@thetvdetective.com.

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