A writer whose debut novel has become a must-read for crime fiction lovers, has returned to the West Leeds school that “still inspires him to this day”.
Mr Dhand, a former head prefect, brought with him a pile of manuscripts, containing more than two million words, which had been rejected by editors before striking success with Streets of Darkness.
After leaving Fulneck, Mr Dhand qualified as a pharmacist and worked in London before returning to his native Bradford, where he launched his own business and at the same time as kick-starting his writing career. He said:
“When I want inspiration I return to Fulneck School and drive along The Terrace. I’ve even set a scene in my book here!
“I had many rejections before finally having Streets of Darkness published, and each time I went away and improved it. I never gave up. I’m now in the process of turning it into a screenplay. I have been knocked back a number of times and, again, I have gone away and improved it. I will never give up until my goal is achieved.”
Fulneck School Principal Deborah Newman said:
“It was wonderful to welcome Amit back to our Speech Day, and it was a truly inspiring speech he gave. Never giving up is a lesson that we can all learn from.
“We are also delighted that Amit holds Fulneck so dear to his heart, and immortalising the school in his book is a wonderful touch.”