Widnesian Stephen Gerard-Hayden written his first book at 47, an exciting story for young people which shows the results and pitfalls of a deprived and loveless childhood. Cobblestone Kids tells the story of Tommy, an 11-year-old who has to learn about life the hard way. His adventures and escapades in reform school are sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad and not infrequently exciting.
Running through the story is the heartfelt cry of a young man trying to cope with life in a society that has lost its morals. Stephen has overcome many obstacles in his own colourful life. He became an alcoholic after bogus business associates destroyed his business, costing him potentially millions of pounds. He was in and out of psychiatric hospitals, drying out, for years. But after seeing a minister and saying a simple prayer he was completely freed from his addiction and has stayed clean ever since.
Besides pursuing roofing interests in Warrrington, he is now working on a sequel which continues the story of Tommy and his reform school friends.
Stephen, an ambitious business man, has recently had book signings at Borders and Waterstones, with more in the pipeline. His book, from Barratt Ministries, can be purchased on Amazon.