Novel published after 18 years

Peter Farquhar signing copies of a previous novel PNL-150819-122304001

Peter Farquhar signing copies of a previous novel PNL-150819-122304001

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A retired head of English at Stowe School is set to release his third novel at Stowe House on Sunday.

Peter Farquhar, who is a guest lecturer at the University of Buckingham, originally wrote the book, A Wide Wide Sea, in 1997, but it was never published.

His later novels, Between Boy And Man and A Bitter Heart were published in 2010 and 2012.

A Wide Wide Sea is about three teenagers from Edinburgh which take a trip from Edinburgh to France and Spain.

On their travels, their friendship is tested to the limits and they learn lessons about each other as well as themselves.

The book is finally seeing the light of day thanks to two students from the University of Buckingham, Ben Field and Martyn Smith, who discovered the handwritten manuscripts and persuaded Mr Farquhar to publish it.

Together, they established Farquhar Studies, with the aim of releasing more unpublished work, including critical work, poetry and stories.

Everyone is welcome to attend the book launch, in the Marble Hall at Stowe from noon on Sunday.

Mr Farquhar’s novels will be sold for £10 each. A Wide Wide Sea will then be available from booksellers.