Ed Davey: From Islington Gazette reporter to acclaimed novelist
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Ed Davey wrote hundreds of great stories during three years as a reporter for the Islington Gazette. But none were quite as good as this tale about fellow journalist Jake Wolsey.
After finding a declassified file about Winston Churchill’s obsession with the ancient Etruscan civilisation, Jake was pursued by MI6 and forced to hide out in Caledonian Road.
He then got caught up in a slow motion chase on a Regent’s Canal boat...
Unfortunately, this wasn’t told in our pages – but in Ed’s debut novel.
Historical thriller Foretold by Thunder was released a year ago and drew on Ed’s experiences living in and reporting about Islington.
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Its sequel, The Napoleon Complex, was released last month and again features the King’s Cross neighbourhood.
Ed, 33, worked at the Gazette between 2006 and 2009. He is now a broadcast journalist at BBC Radio 4. When writing the novels, however, his mind wandered back to his old stomping ground.
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“Islington is my favourite place that I lived in London,” he says. “I was a reporter for three years at the Gazette and it was one of my favourite jobs. So Islington has a special place in my heart. It was only right to use it in my books.
“I remember it being a fantastic borough to cover. You have all sides of human life and culture. And I also remember having my fair share of ding-dongs with the council.”
The Napoleon Complex picks up from Foretold by Thunder with Jake in Thailand, and MI6 still after him.
Ed, who has already started work on a new prehistoric novel, adds: “The stories revolve around conspiracies, but I only used genuine historical documents as evidence.
“So I spent a lot of time in the British library poring over letters and diaries – looking for ones that I could take out of context like a bad journalist!”
Ed’s novel is available on Amazon for £7.99.