Age is no barrier for OAP author

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A GREAT great grandfather from Scotforth has written his third book – at the age of 88.

Former merchant seaman Charlie Workman published his first, an autobiography entitled From Hardships to Steamships, aged 83, and has since published a short story.

His latest effort, a 60-page novella entitled Duplicity, is a political satire which takes a swipe at his disappointment with New Labour post 1997.

“I’d waited all my life for a good socialist government but then we ended up in Iraq and things were being privatised,” he said.

Mr Workman, who lives in Palatine Avenue, and also has six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, said his family had initially urged him to pick up his pen.

“They were telling me I had to get my experiences down on paper while I was still able to,” he said.

See the Lancaster Guardian (19-05-11) for full story.