A NEWHAVEN football fanatic has penned his first children’s book about the beautiful game.
David Fuller, who is a former journalist, wrote Alfie Jones and a change of fortune, after being made redundant two years ago.
The novel is aimed at football crazy kids aged between eight and 12, and centres around Alfie Jones and how a meeting with the mysterious fortune teller Madam Zola leaves him with news that could change his life.
David, who is also a FA qualified football coach, said: “I needed to do something to fill the many hours of spare time in between applying for jobs.
“I get restless when I’m not occupied and just felt I should do something constructive with all the free time I suddenly had.
“My passions are writing and football – I coach young kids on a Saturday morning – so a combination of these loves seemed like a natural progression, hence Alfie Jones.”
David said the book – the first in a planned series – is the perfect story for any football mad youngster, boy or girl, who yearns for football success, not just winning the FA cup but progressing within his/her junior team. Parents will also identify with Alfie’s hopes and dreams.
A self-confessed “football nut,” David studied Creative Writing and Publishing Studies at Middlesex University and has more than eight years experience as a full-time journalist.
Not only did David write the book, he also decided to print, publish and design the book himself.
He said: “Most publishers will only accept manuscripts from agents and I didn’t want to lose any potential profits from my hard work to a third party.”
He and his wife, Rebecca have now started their own company – RDF Publishing – from which they hope to print any subsequent books in the Alfie Jones series.
David will be signing and selling copies of the book at the Christmas Fair in Newhaven this Saturday. Visit www.alfie-jones.co.uk