A HUDDERSFIELD author has had a new book published.

Short Stories For Long Journeys is the second edition of a series of tales from Taylor Hill-based Richard Wilson.

The book took two and a half years to write and features 28 original stories covering a wide range of genres – such as horror, humour, adventure and murder-mystery.

The short tales are ideal for those travelling abroad and compliment his hugely popular debut publication: Short Stories for Dark Nights.

Work on his third collection of tales is well under way, but Richard is confident that his latest work will engage and excite his Kirklees readership and beyond.

He said: “Although a few of the stories in the latest book are linked to my previous work, they are all self-explanatory and easily understood.

“The rest are completely original and are inspired by my relationships, work and travels.

“I have led a full and varied life and from these experiences I have been able to create a vivid, imaginative collection that people of all ages can enjoy at their own leisure.”

For 18 years, Sheepridge-born Richard, 67, and wife Karen worked as mobile-home installers in France and Spain.

They then returned to the UK and began touring the north of England as a country & western duo.

After returning to Huddersfield, Richard ran a junk shop on St Peter’s Street, became a used-car salesman and then began restoring furniture.

Since retirement, Richard has spent the majority of his time writing, painting and caring for his disabled son Nicholas.

Short Stories For Long Journeys is available now from all good bookshops.