Novel explores the unintended consequences that a maverick hobbyist unleashes on family, friends and foes alike

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Gareth Owen announces the release of ‘Norman Smith’s Hobbies’

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In his first novel titled “Norman Smith’s Sojourn,” published in 2018, author Gareth Owen revealed the story of undercover agent Norman Smith, who, through a series of adventures discovered some uncomfortable truths about the nature of South African society and its politics.

Owen continues Smith’s story in “Norman Smith’s Hobbies” (published by Xlibris UK), a comic novel about a man driven by enthusiasm for hobbies to occupy his active mind in retirement, conditionally encouraged by his long suffering and stoical wife, Mrs. G. It explores the havoc that a maverick hobbyist like Smith can unwittingly unleash, affecting family, friends and foes alike.

“This is a comic novel that also looks at some themes that may trigger some more serious thoughts. It depicts the modern world from the perspective of late middle age and is therefore informative about the values developed in an earlier era and how they stand in the modern world,” Owen says.

“Norman Smith’s Hobbies” aims to give readers a sense of the ridiculousness of life and its obsessions and offers a few philosophical thoughts on the nature of the human motivations. For more details about the book, please visit

“Norman Smith’s Hobbies”
By Gareth Owen
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 332 pages | ISBN 9781984591371
E-Book | 332 pages | ISBN 9781984591364
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
During a career in finance, the charity sector and politics, Gareth Owen has been a keen writer of topical articles, blogs, speeches, poetry and fiction. ”Norman Smith’s Hobbies” is his second published novel, the first being “Norman Smith’s Sojourn” (2018). He lives in Reigate, Surrey, England.

Xlibris Publishing UK, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving authors throughout the United Kingdom. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 0800 056 3182 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisUK on Twitter for the latest news.

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