A book written by a South Reston author has received a glowing review from former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper Bob Wilson.
A Certain Summer, written and released by by Peter Gray last year, has been described as ‘very funny and extremely poignant’ by Wilson, who played 308 games between the sticks for the Gunners in the 1960s and 1970s.
Chesterfield born Wilson found he could relate to the nostalgic story of Sam, which is set in his and the author’s home county of Derbyshire.
The 71-year-old FA Cup winner said of the book: “A Certain Summer incorporates so much of my own childhood and upbringing in Derbyshire.
“It is both very funny and extremely poignant for anyone, like me, who was a kid in the 60’s.
“The language and accents are exactly as I remember. So too are Sam’s dreams and adventures, both real and imagined.”
To celebrate the outstanding review, Peter and wife Barbara are donating 75p from the sale of each book sold online at www.acertainsummer.co.uk before December 31 to the Willow Foundation, set up by Bob Wilson, which provides seriously ill 16-40 year olds with unique and positive ‘special days’.
Author Peter Gray moved to Lincolnshire in 2002 having been born in Derbyshire, and now runs his own clock restoration business and film company.
He began writing at the age of 12 but his focus did not settle into writing books until the 1990s when he penned a series of autobiographical books about the adventures of Sam, the main character in A Certain Summer.
Wilson’s review concluded: “As kids we all, in our innocence, love to disappear in to the world of make believe.
“The background to this story is the Derbyshire that I knew then and remember so well now, a mixture of beautiful countryside and industrial grimness.
“Sam’s world is, of course, a fantasy world but it entertains, inspires and leaves an element of pride in coming from a special place.”
A Certain Summer is also on sale at Waterstones Bookstores, MSR News in Louth, The Alford Manor House, The Paper Rack in Mablethorpe and WH Smith in Skegness, priced £7.95.