Fenland author publishes debut novel ‘Rocks Don’t Cry’

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 October 2016

Cyril Holbrook

Cyril Holbrook


A Fenland man who grew up in Chatteris and attended March Grammar School has puslished his first novel.

Rocks Don't Cry.Rocks Don't Cry.

Cyril Holbrook, who worked as a trainee for the Cambs Times, before working on newspapers in Wisbech and the Eastern Daily Press in Norwich, has released ‘Rocks Don’t Cry’.

“It tells of dramatic upheaval in an East Anglian town immediately following

World War Two,” he said.

“The ‘Rock’ is a former member of Bomber Command who has become local housing officer but will not be party to moving two sisters from their home after their father’s death to satisfy the council’s chairman,” Cyril says of the plot.

“The whole town becomes involved and the story shows what can happen when decent folk stand up for what they believe is right.”

While production editor of Angling Times, Cyril, his wife and son returned to Chatteris to live.

They moved to Spain where he edited several magazines, ran a radio programme and was the first ex-pat to work with the mayor in the local town hall.

Retiring to Norfolk, he has had two books published, one on angling and the other commissioned by Age Concern.

Copies of ‘Rocks Don’t Cry’ are available from book shops or on Amazon.

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