Hampton Magna author has first book published at aged 83

83 year old Les Thompsonhas had his first book published, which is now available on Amazon. NNL-170802-004919009
83 year old Les Thompsonhas had his first book published, which is now available on Amazon. NNL-170802-004919009

An 83-year-old author has proven that you are never too old to get your first book published.

Leslie Thompson, who is also known as Les, lives in Hampton Magna and has been writing stories since his wife died from Huntington’s disease in 2011.

Mr Thompson has written more than 50 stories and has finally had his first one called Opposites published.

He said: “The book is about a policeman and a homeless girl and it is available on Amazon. I started writing soon after my wife died as I wanted to keep occupied.”

The 83-year-old used to own L Thompson in Smith Street in Warwick, which specialised in watch and jewellery repairs.

As well as working on more fiction stories, the former watch repairer is also working on a book about his father, who was also called Leslie Thompson and started the Smith Street business.

He said: “I am writing a story about my father and I have had some local people who knew him on Smith Street helping me to get the facts.”

Mr Thompson is hoping people will like reading his stories and will be looking at having more published. Another book with a few of his short stories is due to be published this month.

“I shall carry on writing and get as many published as I can. I would like to think that when I am gone people will still remember me through my writing.”