SEAVIEW based writer Tim Flower has released his first novel, sharing a fresh and controversial perspective on England's famous win at the 1966 football World Cup.

Fixing Sixty Six, which officially launched on December 1, tells the story of retired football reporter Harry Mullaly, who offers to sell his sensational account of the events of 1966 to an investigative journalist.

The book, which was five years in the making, is a rare work of ‘faction’ — a football-related political mystery novel which is firmly rooted in real historical events and features prominent public figures of the period.

Tim said: "You could say it's House of Cards meets Fever Pitch. Although all the main characters are fictional, it centres on real tournament incidents and the actual politics of the time.”

The 63-year-old author has lived part-time in Seaview since 2001, when he and wife Frances — a former Ryde resident — bought a cottage there having holidayed in the town for many years.

“I produce some of my best work sitting at my desk, looking out over the Solent,” he said.

“It’s so tranquil and helps me get into the writing zone, although I do occasionally get distracted by the passing ships.”

The author’s previous written work includes stage and radio plays, the first of which, Time Bomb, had eleven performances at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was described by the Fringe Review as a ‘passionate, eloquently written and serious piece of political theatre.’

Back in 2008, Tim quit his career as a City lawyer, which spanned 30 years, to focus on his writing.

Fixing Sixty Six is available to buy in Kindle and paperback on Amazon.

You can contact Tim on Twitter at @TimFlower66.