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Machinery man takes leap with debut novel

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 09, 2014

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A DIRECTOR of an East Staffordshire plant and machinery firm has taken an interesting side step – by becoming an author of a book based around a story filled with ‘lust, greed, jealousy and duplicity’.

Johnny Leavesley, who sits on the top table at the Leavesley Group, based in Ryknield House, Alrewas, is making his first steps into the literary world with his debut novel ‘Fragile Boundaries’.

The book tackles issues of ‘love and ambition’ in a romantic novel set against the backdrop of two places – London and Amman.

The 44-year-old said: “The book follows Jayda Talhoun who is the adored daughter of a wealthy Jordanian businessman.

“Driven to have a successful career in her own right, she is determined not to have a comfortable but servile life in Amman.

“After persuading her father to send her to London, she encounters an amoral society stricken with lust, greed, jealousy and duplicity.

“When she meets insurance broker William Clive, she is swept up in a romance which is soon challenged by their past, their faiths, their families, their very essence.

“Set in London and Amman, this novel asks whether love and ambition can overcome the boundaries marked by birthplace and background.”

Mr Leavesley is a lawyer and also plays a role in business matters with the Leavesley Group.

He is married and is the father of five children.

His work has taken him to many parts of the world and Jordan in particular.

He served for six years as Midlands treasurer of the Conservative Party and is High Sheriff of Staffordshire in nomination for 2015.

The Leavesley Group has been a family owned trading company for 92 years and business is based around used vehicle, plant and machinery trading.

More information on the book is available online at http://belgraviapress.com/

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