William Kinread (L 74-79) has published a new novel, Luger, which may especially resonate with OS given the various mentions of Sedbergh and the Wilson Run throughout!

When young lawyer Ian Sutherland is asked to write a death-bed Will, he has no idea that the dying man, John Field, had been a Royal Marine sniper in the Second World War.

Having shot an SS officer, Manfred Fuchs, during the Battle of the Bulge, John Field removed a Luger, a rare Rolex watch and a wallet from his corpse. Field’s dying wish is that Sutherland returns the watch and the wallet to Fuchs’s family.

Reluctantly embarking on a journey which firstly takes him to Munich, Sutherland exposes links to Nazi supporting aristocrats at the heart of the British banking establishment and a cover-up of both personal secrets and business impropriety.

Falling in love with a German girl along the way, on his return to London, Sutherland is interrogated by Simon Black, head of the German desk at MI6 only to discover that he too has a secret past and a hidden agenda.

In the ensuing battle of wits, Sutherland fights to hold on to his integrity even at the risk of his own life.

About the author:

William won a national writing competition run by Barclays Bank when he was at Sedbergh and the prize was a trip around Europe. A presentation was made to the School and there was some press coverage including photos being taken in the School library. Sir James Blair-Cunynghame OBE (L 26-30) made an introduction to Philip Ziegler who was editor in chief at Collins at the time, whereupon William was invited to dinner at the Savile Club in Mayfair. The Savile Club was established in 1868 by a group of the most distinguished writers and artists of the time.

Philip Ziegler commented that William “had an obvious talent for writing but needed more experience of life,” being only 18 years young at the time. William then qualified as a solicitor and for the last 35 years has not had much free time to devote to writing. Two years ago, however, William stepped down as a partner of Harrogate law firm Raworths and joined the family business as a director and legal counsel.  Although full time, it has given William more time to think – hence the book! The book has been published under a commercial contract and is a legal thriller. Sedbergh is mentioned throughout. William has been asked to write a trilogy but a sequel will depend on sales of Luger.

Feedback has been highly positive and it has been described as “a fast-paced, thrilling page turner”. If successful, William says that he wants to use the book as a platform to help and encourage others.

Click here to view the book on Amazon.