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AUTHOR HOPING TO HIT THE BEST-SELLER LIST
 By lain Robinson
Author K D Lathar A former Sandwell schoolboy is aiming for the best seller lists after realising his life-long dream of publishing a novel. Kamal Lathar, who writes as K D Lathar, will launch his book, The Changeling, on Monday. The novel, being printed by Tarragon Publishing, is already attracting widespread attention.
It is expected to sell out almost immediately. And the author, who grew up in Edgbaston and went to school in Smethwick, is hoping for similar success from the paperback version, which comes out on September 5th. One book collector reportedly paid more than 150 for an uncorrected proof copy of the book earlier this month, in a bid to get their hands on it before its release date.
  The book, which is aimed at readers aged 10 and over, tells the unusual tale of Peter Badger, who is part boy, part Badger and struggles to contain the animal within him. Mr Lathar, who attended the then Holly Lodge Grammar School, in West Smethwick, went in for a scientific career, studying physics and astrophysics at university, and hoped to become an astronaut. He didn't get into orbit, but he did end up becoming a top-level IT security consultant. Now living in Oxford, the 44-year-old still looks back with fond memories on his Smethwick school days.
"I loved growing" up in Birmingham, and Holly Lodge was a fantastic school," he said. It was later in life, as a father, that Mr Lathar gained the inspiration to become a writer and pen a novel. He said: "I used to read a different story each night to my children and eventually I started making up my own, and it all started from there," he said. "It has taken me two years to write The Changeling, using every bit of spare time I could find. " I think it's the most difficult thing I have ever done."
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