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Former history teacher blends fact and fiction with tales of 1066.
THE Battle of Hastings forms the backdrop to the first novel written by Bishops Tawton author Berwick Coates.
The Last Conquest, published by Simon & Schuster, focuses on the eight days leading up the famous 1066 conflict.
It sets scenes on both sides of the battle lines, with the hero of the book being the battle itself.
Berwick, a former teacher who now works as an archivist at West Buckland School, first learned about the battle as a primary school pupil and went on to read history at Cambridge.
He has previously written nine works of non-fiction but admits we always wanted to try his hand at fiction.
He said: “I’ve read history and taught it all my life and have always wanted to have a crack at fiction.
“It was quite a big hurdle for me as former history lecturer. I had to constantly remind myself that I wasn’t giving a history lesson, I was writing to entertain.
“But the publisher seemed to like it and I have a deal to write two more.”