tim-quote‘Shadows is a gritty love story based on the effects of overbearing parental influence in the arena of top-level teenage squash. I’ve been a keen squash player all my life and I have always felt that it would be a good topic to include in a novel. I love the gladiatorial quality of one-against-one sport. The characters in Shadows are based to some extent on people I’ve actually known but the story is about much more than just squash. I started writing about a young boy and his relationship with his father, who is desperate for his son to become a champion squash player and succeed where he himself had failed, but before I knew what was happening, a young girl had appeared in the story – a pregnant girl sleeping rough and in terrible danger – and suddenly I was writing a completely different story which turned into a tough, fast-moving thriller.’

Tim Bowler