A RETIRED physics lecturer has paid tribute to his co-author who died 10 days before their book was released.
John Green, 81, from House Farm Road, Gosport, and Robin Money were writing a social history book on Lee-on-the-Solent when Robin was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Robin, who was from Lee-on-the-Solent, died aged 56 last month just days before their book, Exploring the History of Lee-on-the-Solent, was published.
John said: ‘It was a profound shock when Robin was diagnosed with cancer. I think he knew he wasn’t going to be able to see the book through to the end, so we worked at a fast and furious pace to get it finished.’
The pair decided to write the book as they left the St John Evangelist Church in Lee-on-the-Solent one morning.
‘I had been going through the archives and I mentioned to Robin that I might write a book,’ said John.
‘Robin said straight away he would like us to write it together so we did.’
John was keen to write a book about Lee-on- the- Solent after he lived there as a child.
He said: ‘I have so many happy memories of the area because I spent my childhood in Lee.’ Robin was a retired solicitor who lived in the newer part. He had written a couple of books before, but this was my first venture into the field of publication.
‘When Robin died, I was so upset I said I would never write again.’
But John has since had second thoughts and is now halfway through his second book on the area.
An emotional but proud John said: ’ When Robin died, we were joined at the hip. You meet people in life who are just acquaintances, but Robin was a true friend.
‘ The time we spent together towards the end is a precious memory for me and I am so proud of him for what he managed to achieve through his illness.
‘Whilst Robin got to read the final proof of the book, I wish he could have lived to see the final copy. In a way he did because I placed a copy in his coffin when I went to say goodbye.’
Exploring the History of Lee-on-the-Solent’ is available online and in local book stores for £9.99. All proceeds go to charity.