Author uses net to launch novel

A self-confessed technophobe from Wigan is using the Internet to help launch his new book.

Author Michael Hunt, 68, of Barnsley Street, is set to launch his third book, Two Days in Tehran, this Friday.

And to help promote the book and give a taste of what it is about, a trailer has been posted on YouTube. The trailer includes photos which Michael took in Tehran in 1973, accompanied by Persian music.

Michael was inspired to write the novel following a journey he took in 1973 when he was 33.

He said: "We were heading for India and I stayed in Iran and travelled around the Iran Stadium and Tehran.

"As I write novels, I thought it was a good basis to imagine a group of travellers caught up in a revolution."

Two Days in Tehran is published by BeWrite, an international publishing company, whose head office is in Ashton.

Publisher Cait Myers thought the YouTube video would be a great way to get the book publicised. Michael said: "I am a duffer at technology. I have only just heard of YouTube. It was all done by Cait!"

Cait said: "Book trailers are more and more popular so I thought we would give it a go. The stills are from Michael's journey and I thought people would have a real feel for it."

Michael, who was born in Sabden, near Clitheroe, moved to Africa when he was 15 to live with his dad.

He moved back to England in 1969 and revisited Africa in 1973. He then went to London and married his wife Joanne and finally moved to Wigan 23 years ago. His first two books, Matabele Gold and The African

Journals of Petros Amm, were based on his experiences in Africa.

A retired probation officer, Michael is now working on his next book, The Tea Time War, about the Second Boer War, which is loosely based on his grandfather's experiences at the siege of Ladysmith.

Two Days in Tehran will be launched at Santos coffee bar, Mesnes Street, Wigan on Friday from 10am until 12.30.