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Terry's first novel focuses on home town

PUBLISHED: 21:41 25 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:14 05 July 2010

TERRY Reeve, the former chief reporter at The Journal, has just published his first novel which has been officially launched at a north Suffolk theatre.

TERRY Reeve, the former chief reporter at The Journal, has just published his first novel which has been officially launched at a north Suffolk theatre.

Mr Reeve, who is currently associate editor of the newspaper's sister title the Beccles and Bungay Journal, has written a number of local history books, but this is his first work of fiction, and the novel, entitled The Spirit of the Fen, is based on his home town of Bungay.

It follows teacher Danny, a man with a deep affinity with the beautiful Bungay Fen that he has visited since he was a boy.

However, his world is turned upside down when he hears that the 400 acres of Suffolk countryside has been targeted for development, and, together with the help of a local reporter sets about gathering local support to try and fight against the planning application.

Mr Reeve said: “I wrote this as a novel for Bungay. The Spirit of the Fen is a 'what if' story - what would happen if a plan was put in to develop the ancient common?

“I have worked in many aspects of Bungay life and developing green land is a topical theme at the moment. The issue of eco-towns has arisen even as the book was being printed - towns which would take up large areas of green land.”

Previous books by Mr Reeve include A Common Privilege, the history of Bungay Common; The Day Bungay Burned, the history of the Great Fire of Bungay of 1688; and Wheel 'em In, Bungay!, the history of Bungay Town FC.

With his brother, Chris, he has also compiled two volumes of Beccles to Bungay, books of old photographs for Tempus Publishings' Images of England series.

The brothers are now collaborating on the second volume of The Town Recorder, also featuring around 200 old pictures, with the town recorder Frank Honeywood and Bungay publisher Peter Morrow, which will be launched during the Bungay festival in July.

Mr Reeve has also written a book on his childhood memories of Bungay in the 1950s, which he hopes to publish in the autumn.

Published by Exposure Printing, The Spirit of the Fen, which received its launch at the Fisher Theatre, in Bungay, on Saturday, is available for £6.99 through local bookshops or via the internet.

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