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CHARLES NEVIN has written for, among others, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Times and The New York Times. He has just published his first book of fiction, Lost In The Wash With Other Things, short stories set then and now. He has also published three books of non-fiction. The first, Lancashire, Where Women Die of Love, a paean to the neglected romance of his native county, was praised by Jeremy Paxman, Joanna Lumley and the Southport Visiter; Professor J K Walton, quondam Professor of Social History at The University of Central Lancashire, considered it 'frivolous' but allowed it to be 'thought-provoking'. The second, The Book of Jacks, a history and lexicon of our most popular first name and the remarkable characters who have borne it, failed to achieve the success it deserved; indeed, a month after publication, the publisher said, 'It may be, Charles, that you and I are the only two people in the world who think this book is a good idea'. Charles still likes it. His third, So Long Our Home, a history of Knowsley Road, the famous old ground of St Helens Rugby Football Club, written with Alex Service, the club historian, is very popular in St Helens. He lives in an old watermill in Somerset just behind the railway station.

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