In the summer of 2016, I decided to write my debut novel based around the exploits of the Welsh football team during Euro 2016.
In just three months, “Don’t Take Me Home – Following Wales At Euro 2016” was completed, using my own personal experiences of the tournament as well as those of fellow supporters as a guide to write a fictional account of the tournament.
The summer of 2016 provided Welsh football fans with a collection of unrivalled sporting memories, but for die-hard supporter Scott Thomas, the tournament would end up meaning much more than that.
With his personal and professional life in disarray, Euro 2016 provides Scott with the escape from reality he has been craving. But as he’s about to embark on a long-awaited journey across France, events begin to conspire against him. Scott must take drastic measures to be a part of the Red Dragons’ historic run to the final four, juggling his love life, job prospects, bank balance – and everything else life has decided to throw at a man who just wants to enjoy his football.
As the summer rolls on, Scott’s fate and the fortunes of his country’s football team intertwine. But whilst Wales’s achievements on the pitch reach a grand crescendo at the semi-final stage, what will Scott’s life look like by then?