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Game of Thrones stars narrate ex-regional journalist’s novel

Stars of a hit TV show have narrated the audio version of a former regional journalist’s novel.

Emilia Clarke and Charles Dance, who both appeared in the Game of Thrones series, have recorded Tim Relf’s book What She Left.

Tim, who writes fiction under the name TR Richmond, is currently community editor at Farmers Weekly, but has previously written for the Kent Messenger and the Northern Echo, as well as several national titles.

The involvement of the Game of Thrones stars came through Penguin, which published the book, front cover pictured below.

What She Left - paperback cover

What She Left follows the story of an ageing academic trying to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a young woman who drowns on a night out with friends.

Tim describes the book as being a “cross between a novel and an unfolding news story”.

He said: “I have a lot of journalist friends who are either writing – or planning to write – a book. The best bit of advice I was ever given was to break the task down into small, manageable targets. That way it’s far less intimidating.

“It’s a lot of work, but worth every minute of it in the end.

“People always say that seeing your book on the shelves for the first time is the highlight, but for me there have been two unforgettable moments – hearing Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones was going to star in the audio version and first spotting one of the giant posters that Penguin has put up.

“They really were ‘pinch-myself’ moments.”

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  • October 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    It’s great to read what former journalists are having to do to make a crust. It presents food for thought for all of us.
    Some years back there was a book called “101 uses for a dead cat.”
    With all the impending redundancies on the horizon, we might ask ourselves ‘How many uses for a redundant journalist?’.
    Perhaps we could have a series trying to find out.

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