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Ex-reporter makes Quantum leap into book world

A former regional daily news man is using his ‘love of DJ nights’ as the spur for his first book.

Grant Hill, who worked on both The Courier and the Evening Telegraph in Dundee, sees his debut novel Clubbed To Death out next month.

The inspiration behind the 35-year-old’s tome is directly linked to a passion for hosting club nights in his home city.

The comedy-themed novel is the second to be published by Teckle Books, a company that Grant helped set up last year.

Grant, who’s lived in Dundee all his life, said: “The book was based on a sitcom pilot that I wrote with a friend after getting into DJing about seven years ago.

“My love of music is the main reason behind it.”

Set in the city, the story tells of a man and his brother-in-law who have gone into business to revive an ever-failing nightclub.

With all the odds against them, they find the ‘world’s greatest undiscovered disc spinner’, DJ Quantum, and let the much-needed refurbishments play second fiddle to arguing over the world’s largest mirror ball.

The pair have a dream of making their venue the best in the world, but the club has a habit of attracting the wrong kind of attention, ranging from an organised crime syndicate to some adverse local press.

“The language can be colourful, but it is written as a comedy and is not aimed at offending anyone,” added Grant, who’s been press officer at the University of Dundee for the last five years.

His book follows the successful launch of the company’s first title, The Tartan Special One, by Barry Phillips, which was based on the worldwide appeal of a football blog called The Real Leigh Griffiths Blog