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Harrow featured in new dystopian thriller novel by local author

Harrow features in a brand new dystopian thriller novel penned by an author born and bred in the borough.

Outside, the first novel released by Aaron Gransby has been published in hardback by Gerard Books and is also available in paperback and as an ebook on Amazon.

Aaron, 55, is a journalist who edited the now defunct Harrow Observer newspaper from 2000-2002, having begun his journalist career on the title as a news and sports reporter back in 1987.

During his career, he also edited other newspapers including the Barnet Advertiser and Enfield Gazette during his newspaper career and now publishes a successful magazine in Hertfordshire.

His new book is set in a near future society that we can all recognise. Outside is a pacy and thought-provoking read. With echoes of previous injustices in our own country and others close to home, it combines the past and present to paint a picture of a disturbing but all too plausible future, surprisingly wrapped up in a very readable thriller.

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Credit: Aaron Gransby

The story focuses on the relationship between London and the suburbs, such as Harrow, as well as the haves and the have-nots.

Much of the book is set in Harrow, in areas readers will quickly identify, as well as St Albans, where Aaron now lives.

Aaron said: “I’m hoping that Outside will make people think a bit about where our society is heading, particularly after the last few difficult years. But anyone buying the book will find it’s a highly readable thriller which can be enjoyed on that level too.”

The book is already receiving five-star ratings on Amazon and the striking cover artwork is by the renowned London-based artist and printmaker John Duffin.

A limited edition hardback of Outside can be bought direct from Aaron via his website.

A paperback (£7.99) and an ebook (£3.99) are
now available on Amazon.