Skegness resort inspires writer’s first novel

Author Lee Stuart Evans. EMN-170220-122456001
Author Lee Stuart Evans. EMN-170220-122456001

Skegness has helped inspire the debut novel of a comedy writer who has provided material for the likes of Michael McIntyre and Stephen Fry.

Words Best Sung by Lee Stuart Evens is a bittersweet love story set among the contrasting worlds of railway yards and rock n roll in mid-1960s Nottinghamshire, Skegness and London.

Lee, 46, spent about eight years of his childhood holidaying in Skegness and Ingoldmells.

He said: “I used to live in Skegness as a kid basically. Nearly every photo of me is at Skegness holding a bucket.”

Having spent about 15 years writing for comedians including Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr, Dawn French, Frank Skinner, Sue Perkins, Michael McIntyre and Stephen Fry, this is the first time that Lee has written a novel.

He said: “I have always been obsessed with writing.”

The novel originally started as a sitcom, but after about six years, it was complete.

The main character, Lee said, is based on his late uncle, adding: “My mum is very pleased, it is a nice tribute to Uncle John.”

Words Best Sung is available to buy from Amazon or directly from the publisher at www.arundelbooks.co.uk