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Book may be film blockbuster

PUBLISHED: 14:30 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:20 07 July 2010

IT is set to take the literary world by storm - and now the first book by two authors, one of whom lives in Fakenham, could be a Hollywood blockbuster movie.

IT is set to take the literary world by storm - and now the first book by two authors, one of whom lives in Fakenham, could be a Hollywood blockbuster movie.

Last week, a group of Fakenham High School pupils were the first to be let in on the secret that Rod Gordon and Brian Williams are a week away from confirmation that their novel Tunnels is set to be made into a movie.

Rod, of Fakenham and Brian, who lives in London, were talking to 14-year-old pupils about their two novels, Tunnels and Deeper, which tells of the adventures of

14-year-old Will Burrows and his friend Chester as they explore underground tunnels and unearth a dark and terrifying life-threatening secret.

The two men, who have been friends since their student days, kept the young audience captivated by their fascinating insight into an author's

life.

And although the books - there is a third one on the way - are continually described as the next Harry Potter, the two authors discount this and

say that their book and the hugely successful Potter

series cannot be compared.

They do, however, have one thing in common with Harry Potter writer JK Rowling. Their second book, Deeper, was taken on and published by Barry Cunningham who is Rowling's publisher.

Mr Gordon explained that the book's main character Will Burrows was born on a rainy September night

in 2003.

Mr Burrows had been laid off from his City job in corporate finance and was struggling to keep up hefty mortgage repayments and began writing a film script with his London artist friend Brian Williams.

He told the youngsters that he found the inspiration for Tunnels while living in a 16th century house in Northamptonshire which had a tunnel underneath the property.

The idea of a young boy digging a hole to discover a new world beneath his feet collided with Brian's knowledge of a Joseph Williamson who dug tunnels in Liverpool in the 19th century.

They self-published the story and even started leaving copies on trains and tubes in London in a bid to get some attention.

The session at the school finished with the pupils asking the two authors questions about their work and ideas.

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