John’s Malta memories prompt new move towards fiction writing

12-101   New author John Phipps at home in Allandale, Hemel Hempstead.

12-101 New author John Phipps at home in Allandale, Hemel Hempstead.

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An author has branched out from autobiographies and written his first work of fiction.

Eighty-year-old John Phipps, who began writing The Malta Enigma while holidaying on the Mediterranean island in 1998, has previously published a volume of his war memories.

His latest work follows protagonist George Swift as he visits the island and meets a beautiful woman, with whom he uncovers secrets from the past.

Retired aircraft engineer John, who lives in Highfield, said: “Writing keeps me young.

“I’ve met a lot of people in my time, so there are certain character traits in the book that are based on people I’ve met.”

After dabbling in fiction writing, John is set to return to biographical in the near future.

He plans to share the story of his Flight Lieutenant uncle ‘Lucky Jim’, who survived after his plane came down over Monte Cassino, Italy, as he bombed the country during the Second World War.

The Malta Enigma, published by Authors Online, costs £8.99 and is available to buy on Amazon.