Ex-News reporter publishes books

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A FORMER reporter on The News has had two books published in the same week.

Mike Hales was born in Southsea and began his working life on the then-titled Portsmouth Evening News as a trainee reporter, rising to become the paper’s showbusiness writer.

Two books he has written have now been put into print.

Fifty Years of Why Not? is a memoir of some of the lighter moments of Mr Hales’ career, including his days on the newspaper in the 1960s, life at the top of the music industry and his spells with the BBC and as a director of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002.

The Story of C is an adult novel dealing with the swings in fortune of a hedonistic woman.

Mr Hales, who now lives in Cornwall, said: ‘I have completed what I hope is an absorbing novel and a ramble through some of my memories coupled with an exhortation to keep going – life is short.’

Both titles are available through the Amazon/Kindle websites for downloading electronically.