Published: 13/09/2017
ISBN: 9781788039598
Format: Paperback

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BEN WAS BORN and raised in a seaside town in the South of England. His parents divorced when he was young and consequently he says that he missed the stability and guidance of a father figure. "I w... read more

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Three Minutes
by Ben C. Lawes

Football fan Jordan Westward blames himself for his parents' divorce. He ends up a lonely, embittered, teenage alcoholic, his descent culminating in hatred for the very sport that he once loved.

Through a chance meeting with a childhood colleague he is offered unexpected hope and starts playing for Calverley Wanderers, a local semi-professional team. However, a horrific tackle ends his playing days. Instead of retreating into his former acrimony, he throws himself into study. With the support of his new wife, using his aggressive, hard graft, he forms Westward Technologies, which becomes a major software consultancy in his Midlands home town of Woodmouth.

Having laid down any chance of playing football again, a supernatural encounter offers Westward the opportunity to fulfil his ultimate dream, but the challenges for him are endless. Woodmouth Albion are facing certain relegation and even extinction because of financial issues. He personally invests money to clear the club's debts to become their player/manager.

The morale at the club, both on the pitch and in the stands is at an all time low and even Westward's reputation for steadfast tenacity is still not seen as enough to save the club. At thirty-seven years old, his age and ability are naturally bought into question and his changes to tactics and fitness regimes are met with hostility.

Three Minutes culminates in the exciting final match of Westward's first season in charge as Woodmouth Albion make a last gasp attempt to avoid relegation.

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I found the story of Jordan Westward, both compelling and heart warming. I admire the courage and tenacity of both Jordan and his wife and look forward to seeing how their inspiring story develops.
A great effort by Mr.Ben C. Lawes. Congratulations!

by Ann S.


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