A BROMSGROVE man who sadly lost his son to cancer has written his first novel as way of giving his child a happier ending.
Peter Worthington wrote the book The Eden Tree after he was inspired by his own experiences when his son John underwent treatment for cancer in 1980 but died shortly after his seventh birthday.
The story focuses on businessman, father and grandfather John, who lives in Cheshire, and has to face a family crisis when his grandson Wesley is terminally ill.
John is told by a mysterious woman at the local market of a box that will change his and family’s lives forever and he travels the world to find the mystical artefact.
The 66-year-old, retired minister said: “I really hope the book gives people some escapism and comfort to people.
“My son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and that served as part of the inspiration for the book and me deciding, I suppose, that there could be a happier ending.
“Some of the parts in the book about Wesley are almost entirely based on my experience.
“When he goes through chemo I’m writing about our experience and when my wife read that chapter she cried.
“Writing it was like reliving it again.
“The part where they have to walk underground and follow a red line to get the ward, we had to follow that line until we got to that children’s ward.”
The Eden Tree is available for £8.99 from www.amazon.co.uk and other book stockists.