Bourne physiotherapist’s foray into publishing

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Alan Crane adopts his alter ego when he swishes his cape around his shoulders.

The cape, a top hat, silver-topped cane and dickie bow tie complete his other persona, that of author Serenity Crane.

Alan Crane and his book. Photo: SG070116-104TW

Alan Crane and his book. Photo: SG070116-104TW

It’s a look borne out of Steampunk, but when it all comes together Alan becomes almost a performance artist, willing to recite one of his self-penned poems at the drop of a hat.

It’s all a far cry from the man better known as Alan the physiotherapist, who runs Twenty Acre Spa between Spalding and Bourne with his wife Jackie.

It was seeing a whimsical photograph of a woodpecker sitting on the back of a weasel last summer that brought on the dramatic transformation.

Alan was inspired to write, first a book that has just been published and printed, The Weasel and The Woodpecker, and two other books with equally fanciful titles, The Antelope and the Anatolian Shepherd Dog and then The Butterfly and The Black Fruit Fly, both of which are available as e-reads.

Alan, who set up British Breaktime Books to produce both his own work and that of other writers, describes the printed book as an older child’s novel that will have family appeal.

The 65-year-old father to three, grandfather to 16 and great-grandfather to two says: “I think it’s a fantastic thing to be able to do because sometimes it is hard to communicate with all of your family, but they can see you on video, they can read your books and get an insight into your mind if they want to and don’t have to be face to face because sometimes that can be hard.”

His entry into the world of publishing is just another divergence for Alan, who has done a lot with his life since being expelled from school at 15 for a minor misdemeanour.

He spent 25 years in the Army, during which time he trained to become a physiotherapist and qualified as a University of London teacher. He and Jackie then started their own multi-activity company in Cornwall before going to Indonesia to teach diving.

Soon after returning to the UK they made the move to south Lincolnshire, where they have been offering physiotherapy, gym and spa sessions for 11 years.