The View from the Pier

The View from the Pier is a compilation of tales, myths, legends and stories about the mighty Hastings Pier which has re-invented itself a couple of times since it was built . The structure has played an integral role in the fabric of the seaside town but a dying artist, a drunken landlady, a soldier of Allah, a sinister pile of knitting and swimming ghosts all have strange secrets to share. More

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About Anthony J Berry

I was originally born in Dublin but brought up in West London where I lived as a child and then North London as an adult. London is a great place and has everything you need to get the most out of life but it does get congested and a little tiresome. The Victoria, Northern and Piccadilly lines tend to take you to and from everywhere you want to be but having spent far too many hours on them, the south-coast and the Old Town of Hastings is now my preferred location.

When I moved down here about four years ago I was surprised to find so many artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers, playwrights, singers and numerous other individuals with a creative bent so not to be outdone, I joined a local writers group and haven't looked back since. Writing has become an integral part of my life and for those that wonder whether or not it keeps your mind active then I can confirm that it truly is the case.

In my former life I have worked for the Electricity Supply Industry, the Metropolitan Police and latterly Adult Social Care and I feel that each has given me a certain amount of knowledge and experience to string a few words together and come up with a coherent tale which, in some cases may seem quite believable. I enjoy comedy, fantasy and mystery and am currently attempting to bring the three genre's together in one space. But we'll see how that develops.

My first novel 'Chasing Rainbows' is set in the 1980's and deals with the consequences of smuggling drugs. 'A Eurovision Calling' is a comedy set in the fictitious European Nation State of Bostrovia and who knows - perhaps there will be a country of that name one day and somewhere near the former Yugoslavia. It's about the Eurovision Song Contest and brings together all the usual cliches with an unwelcome twist. And 'The View from the Pier' gathers together a few tales from my new home at the seaside and attempts to showcase (some of) the history of Hastings Pier.

Writing gives me a great deal of freedom and, as long as I include the appropriate disclaimer, it opens up a vast array of choices and worlds which I might originally have found hard to imagine. So I say keep the quill moving or the fingers banging away at the keys because a little escapism makes sure that the pen remains mightier than the sword.

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