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The pen is mightier than the spanner

The pen is mightier than the spanner

Feeling inspired? Retired plumber Bill Glen has penned his first novel at the grand old age of 96.

The ex-serviceman joined a writing group in Glasgow’s East End when he retired 31 years ago from the plumbing firm he managed.

He has since taken his passion from “wee daft stories” designed to amuse his fellow writers to his first novel, about a bomb on a cruise ship, After the Panic.

And what next? His son-in-law would like a book about Bill’s early days with a pipe wrench, but Bill disagrees.

He said: “When I started plumbing, it was all lead pipes and soldered joints. It was a craft – you had to spend six years as an apprentice learning it. Now it’s all plastic and push-fit. But I don’t want to write about that. I’d rather write about old age pensioners murdering gangsters.”

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