Get Carter car park demolition inspires first novel

Durham Times: Robert Brewis with his book Robert Brewis with his book

A DEMOLITION worker’s experience of knocking down the ‘Get Carter’ car park has inspired him to write his first novel.

Robert Lilly Brewis, who helped demolish the Gateshead multi-storey car park immortalised in the 1971 hit crime film Get Carter, starring Michael Caine, has penned Replay See Hear, a high-energy thriller.

The novel follows the police, army, Special Forces and MI5 as they try to prevent a group of terrorists from causing destruction in the North-East.

Mr Brewis, from Felling, Gateshead, said: “When we pulled down the multi-storey car park, I didn’t want it to be the end. I wanted this iconic setting to carry on in my novel.”

Other parts of the book are set in Durham.

After leaving school at 14, Mr Brewis says, he always had ideas for stories in his head.

However, it was not until he was not working for ten months last year that he was able to get Replay See Hear down on paper.

After reading the manuscript, his daughter persuaded him to try to get it published.

Mr Brewis also drew on experiences of his wife and nephew. His nephew fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, with the latter featuring in the book. His wife works for the Metro, which is also included.

Although now working in demolition again for Thompsons of Prudhoe, in Northumberland, Mr Brewis is also working on a sequel to the novel, featuring many of the same characters.

Replay See Hear, edited and published by Whitley Bay-based Consilience Media, can be purchased as an e-book from Amazon or in hardback for £9.95 online at robertbrewis.com

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