TV presenter and author Richard Madeley will spend lockdown writing a thriller about a man crucified in the Roman Amphitheater in Cirencester.
The 64-year-old is celebrating ten years of the book club he runs with his wife Judy Finnigan and says his next book will be a revenge story set in the Cotswolds.
Called Father’s Day, it will be based on “a relic from the imperial past that still stands outside of Cirencester today”.
And in a recent interview, he reveals the details of his latest book which echoes Liam Neeson’s film Taken, which is about a father who tracks down a gang of traffickers who kidnaps his daughter.
“Mine is set in the Cotswolds and is a type of revenge called Father’s Day,” he told the Surrey Times.
“I’m about halfway there. It’s about a troll, a middle-aged man, who makes teenage girls get rid of themselves.
“That’s how he gets his revolting kicks.
“The father of a girl understands what’s going on and is chasing this guy. The book actually begins with a Roman-style execution – upside down on a cross. “
Amazon has revealed that it is located in the second century amphitheater which was built when the Roman city of Corinium was second behind London in size and importance.
And Richard isn’t the only celebrity fascinated by the massive earthworks that remains today one of Britain’s largest Roman amphitheatres and is supported by the local city council.
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Amazon said Father’s Day will be released in 2023 and said: “The body of a man is discovered in the center of an ancient Roman amphitheater, a relic from the imperial past that still stands outside of Cirencester in today.
“The man was crucified, Roman style, inverted on a rough wooden cross in the shape of an X.
“As the mystified police launch their investigation and sensational media theirs, one thing quickly becomes clear: the dead man was a dedicated internet troll, targeting young women with vile abuse and threats.
“Was his gruesome murder a form of revenge … or will he just be the first to be executed in this way? Rome has returned to Albion – and she demands a ransom of blood …”
The married presenters of This Morning spoke about their Book Club podcast and said reading and writing is a good way to escape the current crisis.
Richard said they read a lot of old favorites and write their own novels.
“We entered quarantine after returning from France after three weeks,” he said.
“We couldn’t go out of the house or meet someone, so there was no excuse not to work.”
Richard’s first book, Fathers and Sons, was published in 2008, followed by The Way You Look Tonight, Some Day I Will Find You and The Night Book, a thriller set in the Lake District.
Richard, who recently revealed his favorite book is Auschwitz Tattoo Artist Heather Morris, said the new podcast looks like their Channel 4 show with famous guests and authors talking about books.
Judy, whose latest book is set in Cornwall, says the secret to their success is that people know and trust them throughout their long television careers.
Richard and Judy’s Book Club in partnership with WHSmith Podcast is available on all podcast providers.
Three thriller series set in the Cotswolds to get you through the lockdown
MC Beaton’s Death Quiche and any other book in the Agatha Raisin series
A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope and one of the other books in the Thea Osborne series
Out Comes the Evil by Stella Cameron and one of the other books in the Alex Duggins series