Book bonanza for Luton authors

Former Luton News reporter and author Ian Cobain
Former Luton News reporter and author Ian Cobain

A trio of authors with Luton connections has had books published recently.

They are Ian Cobain, a former reporter on our sister paper The Luton News, Christina Chitenderu, a Zimbabwe-born counsellor who lives in Stopsley and ex-Barnfield Art College student Glyn Dillon.

Ian Cobain – now an award-winning investigative journalist on the Guardian – has written Cruel Britannia, a history of British torture.

It reveals the shocking truth about what this country did in the Second World War, in Kenya and Northern Ireland as well as the rendition and torture of British citizens during the ‘war on terror.’

What emerges, according to one reviewer, is a picture of Britain that challenges our complacency on human rights and exposes the lie behind our reputation for fair play.

Christina Chitenderu worked with orphans and vulnerable children in Africa, providing guidance for caregivers.

She wanted to share her experience with a wider audience and the result is Raising Better Children - Key to Effective Parenting.

Glyn Dillon, who was born in Limbury Mead, is the younger brother of comic legend Steve Dillon.

Both won the Rotary Club of Luton’s Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Art Award, albeit nine years apart.

Glyn’s first book, an illustrated graphic novel called The Nao of Brown, combines a romantic storyline with a thoughtful, informed look at mental illness in general and obsessive compulsive disorder in particular.