Writer Matt Cain will publish a new novel in early 2023

The well-established author is set to ring in the new year with a bang as he celebrates the release of his latest Lancashire-inspired paperback novel.

Matt Cain, author and leading commentator on LGBT+ issues, is excited about his latest book, Becoming Ted, which will be published in paperback next month.

Like his previous titles, it has a strong connection to Bolton, where he was brought up.

The Bury-born author, aged 47, said: “I’m really excited about the publication of Becoming Ted.

“I had a lot of quiet time during the lockdown so I put it to good use and wrote a lot.

“In fact, I sometimes joked that it was like paying a lot of money to go to a quiet, secluded writer’s retreat without any distractions.

“Now – finally – I will be able to share the fruits of my hard work!”

Matt said that although the book doesn’t involve Bolton, it has a strong Lancashire connection and the main character’s name was inspired by a small village in Bolton.

He said: “The key themes in the book are community and the need for human connection and that’s why I set the story in Lancashire – I think these are much easier to explore in an environment known for warm, down-to-earth people.

“I always return to this part of the world when I write novels – it’s what I know, it’s part of my spirit, it’s helped shape me as a human being and a writer.

“And my work is known for its warmth and humour, both of which are qualities I strongly associate with Lancashire.

“I’m not sure I could write the same kind of books set elsewhere!

Lancashire Telegraph: Matt signing booksMatt is signing books (Image: Matt Cain)

“Ted’s surname was inspired by Ainsworth, a village just outside Bolton, where my grandparents lived for most of my life.

“My grandmother recently turned 100 and now lives in a retirement home in Radcliffe.”

Away from writing, Matt celebrated his wedding earlier this month.

He said: “I got married on Sunday, December 18, and the ceremony took place in London, but there was a big Bolton presence.

“A whole bus full of family and friends came down the day before, leaving from Newport Street.

“We served food and drinks that told the stories of our lives. My husband is South African Jewish so we had food stations serving South African braai and Israeli falafel and shawarma, but also Carrs cakes and Bolton mushy peas!

Lancashire Telegraph: Matt Cain and his husband HarryMatt Cain and his husband Harry (Photo: Joseph Scanlon)

“And everyone loved them, especially the South Africans!

“We also served a Flat Cap ale from Bank Top Brewery in Bolton, and this was so popular that we actually ran out!

“And my husband Harry joked a few times in his speech that he came from Cape Town and had never heard of Bolton, then traveled with me and fell in love with the city.

“He can’t wait to come back with me to help promote Becoming Ted!”

The book was officially published on January 19, but is already available for online order.

Matt said he was looking forward to hosting contract signings in Bolton, both at Central Library and Waterstones.

Follow Matt’s Twitter to find out when there will be signings: @MattCainWriter

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