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Oakham author's first book to be housed in Széchényi Library in Budapest after Hungarian Embassy request



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A retired policeman says he feels honoured after receiving a request to add his debut novel to an esteemed European library collection.

Ian Allan, from Oakham, was contacted by the Hungarian Embassy in London and asked to send them two copies of Danube Delivery.

One will be housed in their Cultural Centre, in Covent Garden, and the other is bound for the Széchényi Library in Budapest, one of only two national libraries in Hungary.

Ian Allan wrote his debut novel 10 years ago. It was published this year after winning a competition
Ian Allan wrote his debut novel 10 years ago. It was published this year after winning a competition

The book is about a couple defecting from Soviet Union in the early 1990s and features the Hungarian capital.

Ian organised a charity cycle ride there in 1991 with fellow police officers while a sergeant at the Houses of Parliament and wove experiences of that trip into the plot.

"I informed them about the book because I thought it was the polite thing to do," he said.

Danube Delivery centres on a couple defecting from the Soviet Union in 1991
Danube Delivery centres on a couple defecting from the Soviet Union in 1991

"I had done everything I could to show the country in a good light. They got back to me and were delighted."

Ian is no stranger to the spotlight in Budapest and appeared on Hungarian television during the 1991 trip, in an interview for their Parliamentary channel.

The Cultural Centre has also offered to promote the book online and via their social media platforms.

Ian during his days as a sergeant at the Houses of Parliament - at the State Opening of Parliament
Ian during his days as a sergeant at the Houses of Parliament - at the State Opening of Parliament

"I feel very honoured," Ian added. "I didn't think they were going to ask for copies - I was just being polite."

Danube Direct is on sale in bookshops, including Walkers in Oakham, and also available via Amazon in Kindle and paperback form.



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