A debut collection of stories written by an Ellesmere Port author has broken people struggling to survive as its backbone.

Writer Gerry Linford has previously been known for his screenwriting credits which include the award winning Buddha Boy for the BBC and What’s The Story? starring Celebrity Big Brother finalist Darren Day which Gerry also acted in.

In Downward Dog, a community centre caretaker is gutted he has to miss the Everton game because his boss is putting on a pensioner’s yoga night.

When he sees the attractive instructor he starts to experience long dormant feelings.

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The title story Where Will You Go When You Can’t Go There? is set in 1960 New York. An airport security guard compares his life with that of Frank Sinatra. Where did he go wrong?

I Love 80s Music - Don’t You? concerns a lonely teenager who is scoring pot for his older brother. When the dealer is out he experiences an uncomfortable afternoon with the lad’s drunken mother.

An unemployed man must face up to the ghosts of his past in Universal, the closing story.

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Gerry says: “Every tale is packed with surprises and a twisted sense of humour. Available to buy from Amazon for less than a cup of coffee.”

The book comes on the back of What’s the Story?, Gerry’s third film which had its premiere in Cheshire last autumn.

The film enjoyed subsequent screenings in Liverpool, Birkenhead, Runcorn and New Brighton before embarking on the festival circuit and is on general release on YouTube.

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It was a co-production with CRI, a charity offering support to people in recovery from substance misuse.

Gerry says he has several other projects in the pipeline.