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Former Observer deputy editor Stuart Robertson releases debut novel

Time to Say Goodbye will be released on February 11

Stuart Robertson. sent in for use in the rossendale free press

A writer who began as a trainee reporter on the Accrington Observer will see his debut novel hit the shelves next month.

Time To Say Goodbye, about the relationship between a father and his daughter, was penned by Stuart Robertson, who went on to become the Observer’s deputy editor.

It will be released on February 11, and the dad-of-one who now lives in Helmshore, explained that he harboured dreams of writing a book since becoming a journalist back in 2000.

He became deputy editor of the Observer, then editor of the Rossendale Free Press, before leaving the paper in 2009 to become a stay-at-home dad to daughter Kirsten, now 10.

Stuart, 39, said: “I was spending a lot of time with my daughter, who was about the same age as the girl in the book at the time, so I wrote about the relationship between a father and daughter.

“Obviously it’s a lot more dramatic, I’m told it’s made a lot of people cry, which wasn’t my intention.

“It’s a heart-rending story that explores what a parent would say to a child in the face of death.”

For more information visit www.sdrobertsonauthor.com .

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