“We’ll have a Laugh” is written by Andrew Nichols and charts the story of seven young men as they tackle the 110-mile long Cleveland Way, which begins in Helmsley and finishes at Filey Brigg. The story is set in 1974 and is packed with nostalgia from the era as readers are swept along on the journey taken by the boys as they explore both moors and coast. The book is based on a real-life hike, undertaken by the author and his friends in ’74, before they all went their separate ways. After emigrating to Australia in 1982, Nichols returned to the UK in 2014 and re-walked some of the path to draw inspiration from his book. He then got back in contact with his friends and talked to them about their humorous experiences of the hike which helped form the basis of the story.
Nichols said: “Coming back to Helmsley brings to mind some wonderful memories of those days back in 1974! Whilst writing the book I got in touch with all of the other hikers and they all say the experience was a milestone in their lives and something they will never forget. I hope the book inspires others to follow in our footsteps and walk this totally unique route which combines moor and coast in a way no other can.”
Anne Wilson, manager of the store, added: “It’s a real honour to have Andrew visiting us to sign copies of his book. I know it’s going to be a big hit with our customers – both locals and tourists will find it both fascinating and hilarious in equal measure!”
The book was published in October 2015 by Melrose books, with a retail price of just £7.99.