Author is Amazon hit

Graham Adams
Graham Adams

A BOOK inspired in part by the author’s early experiences in Ilkeston has become a big hit with readers.

Former Stanton Ironworker Graham Adams, 67, penned The Stone in his Hampshire home in just six weeks and since then has been receiving rave reviews on internet bookseller Amazon.

Part of Graham’s self-published book, which is now available to borrow from Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Sandiacre, Derby and Heanor libraries, covers time he spent in Ilkeston in the 1960s.

Other chapters are set on the south coast, at his home in the New Forest and aboard a disused army base in the Thames Estuary, where he was a pirate radio DJ.

Graham said: “It’s all a little bit autobiographical. The first two or three chapters are set here in Ilkeston.

“My family was reasonably well known in the area – my mother Jessie Adams, who died in 2001, was a concert pianist.”

The book is available to download as an ebook for £2.85 from

One reviewer on the site said: “A heartwarming story that keeps the reader interested and enthralled.”