Life Begins at 40, a new book by authors Chris Newton and Mark Charlesworth, is the story of two 30-something fanatics sharing a flat in Blackpool, out of pocket, out of luck and clinging to the hope that Life Begins at 40…
It’s now available on pre-order from publishers Hirst (who also published Blue Box Boy, several books by Colin Baker and Anneke Wills’ autobiography).
Jeff is a barman, constantly forestalling marriage to his neurotic new-age girlfriend, preferring the company of Pete, an agoraphobic misfit with some serious baggage. United by their social detachment and love of Doctor Who, their world view is tainted by too much cult TV, and the walls between reality and fantasy begin to blur, with hilariously disastrous consequences.
With middle-age fast approaching, can they really spend the rest of their lives hiding behind the sofa? Life Begins at 40 deals with the big questions. Should we get married? Are children a good idea? And, in the future, will we all be walking around with one eye and no arms from too much teleporting?
With a foreword by Doctor Who star Sophie Aldred, Life Begins at 40 is hilarious and essential reading for Doctor Who fans, anyone who sees middle age looming, or anyone who loves a good laugh. The book is available for pre-order, and if you buy it now you’ll be lucky enough to get a signed and dedicated copy with your name in the credits before the book hits the shelves!
• To pre-order your copy (price £9.99) go here on www.hirstpublishing.com
• To read Pete and Jeff’s fictitious blog go to: www.peteandjeff.blogspot.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.