West Hill author’s latest book tells of ‘hard times’ in Devon villages

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 December 2019 | UPDATED: 09:47 09 December 2019

Philip Algar with his latest book. Picture: Philip Algar

Philip Algar with his latest book. Picture: Philip Algar

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A West Hill author’s latest book takes a satirical look at issues faced by residents in Devon villages.

In his latest book - Hard Times, Hard Luck - Philip Algar paints a 'sympathetic' picture of the fictional village of Woodfield Magna.

The story tells of a village which is 'decaying' with young people moving away, and the elderly and financially challenged confronted with the closure of hospitals, libraries, bus routes and social services.

In the book, one elderly resident needs an operation to eliminate constant pain but the NHS will not help and he cannot afford private sector healthcare.

Mr Algar said: ""He and his friends, trying to help him, become involved in an unlikely adventure that emphasises the problems that millions face and which captures the interest of the entire nation and the attention of the government."

Hard Times, Hard Luck is available from The Curious Otter, in Mill Street, Ottery, priced £8.99 or from Mr Algar direct by emailing philipalgar@btinternet.com


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