THE debut novel by top percussionist Pete Lockett is partly set in Basingstoke and the surrounding area.

Pete has worked with many famous musicians including Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel and Bjork, and he arranged and recorded all the ethnic percussion for five Bond movies. He has also released nearly 20 CDs under his own name.

A Survivor’s Guide to Eternity is a mind‐bending journey into the afterlife. Sections of the book are set along the A303, with one key incident occurring at Dummer, and in one chapter, the main character ends up in Basingstoke. 

He is befriended by, and stays for a while with, a father and son who happen to be Basingstoke Town FC fans. They head off to watch a match at the Camrose.

A Survivor's Guide to Eternity has been published by Mirador Publishing and is available now as both a paperback and as an eBook.

Pete, who is from Portsmouth, explained: “I wrote it on numerous planes and tour buses, in recording studio lounges, lying beside the river Ganges with a laptop, in a sushi bar in Tokyo with an iPad, reclining backstage before a show, on a train in China and in many other unusual locations.

"Thus the book slowly evolved from the seed of an idea into a passionate pursuit.”

Sarah Luddington, Mirador Publishing’s commissioning editor added: “We were swept away when Pete presented his manuscript to us.

“It’s very rare to see a new author prepared to tackle something like this with such confidence with their first novel.”