Chance discovery inspired author’s book series

Johnny O'Brien visiting Sir Robert Woodard Academy
Johnny O'Brien visiting Sir Robert Woodard Academy

AN author who spoke to Lancing students said his series of books was inspired by the chance discovery of old items in his family home.

Johnny O’Brien, author of the Jack Christie series of time travel adventures, visited Sir Robert Woodard Academy, in Upper Boundstone Lane, to speak to students about his books.

He explained how items found in the loft of his family home, including those which belonged to his grandfather, had inspired him. The author began his session, which took place earlier this month, by reading from the opening of his new book, Day of the Assassins, in which teenagers from today travel back to Sarajevo when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated.

Learning resources centre manager Sue Waton said: “Johnny studied history at Cambridge University and truly brought it to life with his very visual and hands on presentation. He went on to talk about how moments in history that have changed the world are often dependent on a chance happening.”

The Book Nook, provided copies of the book for students to buy and these were signed by Johnny.