Pupils and teachers meet a Baroness

Takeover day and Baroness Emmerton visit to Polegate School.''Year 6 Head and deputy head teachers with Claire Martin-O'donoghue (head) Baroness Emmerton and Caroline Garland (D head)
Takeover day and Baroness Emmerton visit to Polegate School.''Year 6 Head and deputy head teachers with Claire Martin-O'donoghue (head) Baroness Emmerton and Caroline Garland (D head)

An author has used the village of East Dean as a backdrop for his first novel.

Television fanatic Callum Jacobs’ decade long project, his book the ‘House of Dreams’, focuses on reality television and the nation’s obsession with celebrity culture.

The 42-year-old said the inspiration for the book came from being a television addict as a child. He said he became aware of the way people’s relationship with TV has changed in the last 20 years,

Mr Jacobs said: “I grew up in Lewes and in using East Dean as a back drop I was looking for somewhere to provide a nice contrast to London where the other half of the action takes place.”

He added: “As a full time teacher of psychology at a school in North London as well as being a parent of two young children, finding time to write is one of the biggest challenges; I often have to force myself to go to bed in the early hours of the morning if the writing’s going well.

“As a teacher I’m also acutely aware of how a sizeable proportion of young people today crave celebrity in a way that has just not existed in previous generations. It concerns me that most will not achieve fame and so be disappointed, and for the few that do, there’s a good chance it won’t bring them the happiness they imagine.

“Having said that, one of the main characters in House of Dreams, Yves, is a teenager with a very healthy scepticism for the cult of celebrity and represents the dynamic, creative and irrepressible aspects of youth.”

For more information visit www.callumjacobs.com