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Novel support for the lonely

09 January 2015

NIGEL McCLEA

Donation: Nigel McClea 

Donation: Nigel McClea 

A FORMER lawyer is dedicating the proceeds from his first novel to a church's campaign to help the lonely.

Not long after retiring as head of the Leeds office of the legal firm Pinsent Masons, Nigel McClea and his wife, Eleanor, joined the congregation at St Peter's, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

He said that they were immediately "blown away with the absolutely brilliant way that St Peter's helps the . . . destitute and the needy. We thought a nice way of showing our support for something which we think is really wonderful was by saying that whatever this book makes we will give to the church."

He explained how they had discovered pockets of isolation while delivering leaflets for the church. "It took us into bedsit land, and we became aware of this sterility, a loneliness and a lack of happiness which existed within a few hundred yards of where we lived.

His novel A Word Glittering with Spikes is a love story, set in Leeds and featuring four young people in the legal business. It was published late last year, and Mr McClea has promised to give St Peter's the full £10 cover price of each copy sold.

The Vicar of St Peter's, Canon Tony Shepherd, said: "It's very generous indeed; we are delighted to accept."

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