Date published: October 15, 2018
Final year Salford student publishes his first novel
AN English Language and Creative Writing student from the University of Salford wrote his debut novel ‘Hollow’ in just over a year despite the pressures of studying for his degree.
Dan Lovatt, originally from Stoke-on-Trent, is in his final year of studies at the university and has previously written poetry and short stories in his spare time, however ‘Hollow’ is the first of his work to be published.
On getting a balance between his studies and writing, the 22 year old said;
“Writing and studying at the same time was manageable. I viewed writing the novel as leisure rather than academic work, therefore it didn’t overlap with independent university work.”
“I’ve always been immersed in creative practices despite having no passion for literature when I was younger. I kind of became fascinated by language and complex words and that manifested itself into Hollow.”
The book follows ten years of the life of Nick Shaw, a cynical introvert who is forced to move to the rural town of Runsbury with his mother after his father abandons them. The first half of the novel centralises around a teenage Nick, and his pessimistic commentary of the world.
Jumping forward seven years, the second half of the novel introduces Nick at twenty-six. He lives alone and has not yet found his freedom, when eventually, a chance encounter with old high school crush on a night out leads him to believe that he may have a purpose.
It begs a series of questions and observations: Do we as humans have purpose? Are humans inherently evil? Do we ever recover from abandonment? and does love conquer all? Nick Shaw believes he holds the answers, but it may be too late to save himself.
Dr Axiotis Kechagias, Lecturer in Linguistics at The University of Salford has said;
“Hollow is a thought-provoking novel that will captivate its reader. Through it, Daniel showcases the synergies between the academic study of English and the creative industries as well as the dynamics of students of English at the University of Salford”.
The book has been described as a “well written page turner” and “thoroughly enjoyable” by the public, and is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hollow-Daniel-Lovatt/dp/172383694X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1537785007&sr=8-1