West Ham author’s first book inspired by great nan

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 October 2012

Nicholas Pearmain with his first book Ethel, which was inspired by his great grandmother

Nicholas Pearmain with his first book Ethel, which was inspired by his great grandmother


Nicholas Pearmain was so inspired by his great grandmother that he has written a book after her.

He has called it Ethel after the woman who had such an impact on his life but sadly died from cancer.

Nicholas, 22, from West Ham, said: “I used to be really close to her and then she had cancer. This was a way of saying goodbye to her. The most important aim of writing this book is to help other people and to say to them “you are not alone”. That there will be always be someone to look after you.”

Nicholas is also going to put his money where his mouth is by donating half the earnings from the book to Cancer Research UK. He is also already planning another series of drama/sci-fi books based on characters living in east London.

Ethel is published by Author House and focuses on a few central characters. Among them is Nathan.

The night before his best friend’s funeral, Nathan tells a complete stranger, who happens to be an elderly woman, his story. However, this stranger holds a very important secret.

The story revolves around two friends, Nathan, who is a stand-up comic, and Mia, who is a secondary school teacher. The pair have grown up together and did everything together, until one day Mia receives some heartbreaking news. She has cancer. So Nathan decides to look after her and her pregnant sixteen-year-old daughter.

However Nathan is put through some tough choices and doesn’t know what to do. As Mia’s days are coming to an end, they both find out some shocking truths that put their friendship to the test. Who are they? And what does friendship mean when times are hard?

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