A SCARBOROUGH author is on the write track to literary success after a fine debut book launch.
Adrian Arnold, 58, has just released The Chinese Year of the Prat, an autobiographical insight into how he transformed his life from an alcoholic rebellious teenager to international aid worker and keen academic.
Mr Arnold, of Westover Road, launched the book to a packed house at Scarborough Library, with the town’s mayor Cllr Hazel Lynskey and Lady Heather Ayckbourn in attendance.
The former labourer, who served 15 months in Strangeways Prison in Manchester in 1973, also read a chapter of his work and signed copies of the book during the day which organisers said was very well received.
Cllr Lynksey added said she was delighted to have been invited to the event and couldn’t wait to read the book which she described as inspirational.
Mr Arnold embarked on various therapy courses and meetings to curb and eventually end his addiction before winning a place at the University of Hull to gain an upper Second Class degree in Medieval and Modern History – a mark that set him in the top ﬁve per cent of his peers on the course.
He moved to Scarborough in 2003 to work in a treatment centre and is currently helping people with learning difficulties and supporting the work of a Kenyan orphanage.