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Connah’s Quay man launches book on language

A CONNAH’S Quay man, who co-wrote a book on the unusual things people say, has officially launched his writing debut.

Beat About the Bush: The Funny Side of Language, written by Phil Woods, from Connah’s Quay, and Steve Smith, from Lancaster, was launched at the Borders store in Ellesmere Port on Saturday.

The book is a collection of the pair’s humorous observations on everyday phrases and was originally written 17 years ago.

Phil, 37, said: “I moved from the Wirral to Lancaster when I was about 18 and met Steve there.

“We had the same sense of humour and we started to write things down which we’d overheard people saying, soon we had enough for a book.

“We sent it off to about eight publishers and all of them rejected it.”

The pair gave up on the idea until 17 years later when Phil sent the book off to another two publishers.

“I’m not really sure what made me get the book out again,” he said.

“I sent it off to two companies and both of them wanted to publish it.”

The two authors spent Saturday signing copies of the book, before the official launch.

Phil, who works full time for a finance company in Wrexham, said: “It was a really successful day and we were made up with the response we had.”

The pair are continuing to work together and Phil says they are picking up new material all the time.

“People say silly things all the time and they’re easy to spot once you’re looking for them,” he said.

For more information on the book visit www.beat-about-the-bush .co.uk.

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