Writer pens sequel to steel town tale

Gordon Vandrill with his book on Corby steel works. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001260-21).
Gordon Vandrill with his book on Corby steel works. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001260-21).
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The success of an author’s first book about life in the steel town of Corby has prompted him to pen a sequel.

Gordon Vandrill, 83, released Ring of Steel in 2008 after being inspired by his experiences of working in the steel industry.

And it proved so popular that he has written a sequel called All That Glitters.

The book continues the story of Daniel and Sylvia as they move away from the fictional steel town of Corringdon to Suffolk.

It is set in the late 1950s and early 60s but Mr Vandrill, who now lives in Market Harborough, said today’s readers will still recognise many of its themes.

The story follows Daniel’s efforts to maintain competitiveness in international markets while struggling against trade unions, Government regulation and banking problems. Sylvia, meanwhile, is bent on raising the ideal family under the care of the emerging NHS.

Shropshire-born Mr Vandrill moved to Corby in 1937 and started an apprenticeship in the steelworks in 1944.

He said: “People who read the first book came from a large range of ages, from 16 right up to about 92. The remark I had the most was ‘you can’t put it down.’ I was very surprised about how well it was received.

“A former colleague who lived in Germany encouraged me to write the second book. She proof-read it for me and then asked when the third one is coming out.”

Both books are available from Mr Vandrill for £15.50 each or £27.50 for the pair, plus postage and packaging.

Call 01858 467694 or email gvandrill@btinternet.com for details.