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Ian Campbell started writing in the 1980’s. Until then, he had enjoyed several occupations ranging from being a photographer to ‘waiting’ in an Italian restaurant; from driving a taxi to creating a Bureau de Change and then covering the south-east corner of the UK as a freelance photographer for the national press.
That Will Do Nicely encompasses his experiences so far and the novel is written for the specific period in the mid-eighties when industries were changing dramatically; the press went digital and embraced color photography; Times Newspapers moved to fortress Wapping and photography started changing to a digital medium. The print industry changed dramatically from hot metal to computer monitors and sophisticated word press software.
During this time period, he experienced the workings of the press industry and witnessed the change from the hot metal press to the computer screen. At school he had enjoyed the experience of the printing club… setting everything by hand and pulling the proofs off the platen and adjusting the equipment to produce the best quality results and so was in the perfect position to witness the modernisation of the trade.
The novel’s central character Tom Pascoe uses these older technologies to set up his scam against the credit agency that his wife had run up her debt with and which threatened him with bankruptcy. The devil really is in the detail and it is this attention to detail that gives the novel its energy and direction.