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.
What do you read for pleasure?
I wish I could honestly say 'everything', but I don't. I enjoy a good thriller or, even better, a good espionage story... something like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' by John le Caré. I'd rather read something that feels real rather than the romanticized spy character like James Bond.
However, I also read non-fiction for pleasure. Godfrey Higgins 'Anacalypsis - the Saitic Isis' is a set of books I could dip into any time and learn something new.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Sony e-Reader which I am very fond of. It is beautifully built although it doesn't have all the whistles and flutes of its modern counterparts.
Tom Pascoe and his partner Sam, Jim & Mary Roberts have been running a centre for artists in the south of France. The peace of the off-season is shattered by the arrival of a neighbour who has discovered a body on the nearby celtic track. Roberts, an ex Scotland Yard detective investigates which inexorably leads all of them into a conspiracy concerning the Holy Grail & other fabulous treasures.