Building job sparks idea for novel

Just Regional
Jan 15, 2024 2 mins read

A building job repairing a row of National Trust cottages which had been destroyed by fire has inspired a Sprowston bricklayer to write a second novel.

A spark from a woodburner caused a devastating blaze which gutted three thatched cottages on the Blickling Estate in 2016.

And in 2018 a year-long project was launched, with Marcel K Andrews on the team.

As the aspiring author learned more about the cottages at Silvergate, his book started to take shape.

The Silvergate Restoration is an adult comedy telling the tale of a gang of builders working on the same cottages Marcel, who is 61, was helping to rebuild.

“This is a story of the building trade that I always wanted to write,” he

“The novel centres on a group of builders who are tasked with restoring the cottages back to their former glory, and although the characters are fictional the stories are very much real. 

“They are stories I have either encountered or heard over the many years of working within the building trade.

“Some stories are tragic, some romantic and some are dark and violent, though many stories are funny.”

One of the characters even comes from Sprowston as Marcel said he loves where he lives.

But he added: “Beware. It is an adult comedy/life drama, full of adult content, rude bits and colourful language, as you’d expect from the building trade!”

Marcel’s first book, The Broadland Tree, a historical fiction novel set in Georgian Norwich, was published in 2019.

A sequel has been written but has not yet been published.

The Silvergate Restoration has been published by Austin Macauley Publishers and is available to buy online as well as in some local bookshops.

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