Clive Ashman’s first novel ‘MOSAIC‘ may be fiction but it’s based on astonishing facts. Appropriately subtitled ‘The Pavement That Walked‘, he imagines explanations for how a large, tiled floor from a lost Roman villa – only discovered in an East Yorkshire quarry in 1941 during the Luftwaffe‘s blitz on Kingston-upon-Hull – was mysteriously stolen seven years later in 1948, on the very eve of its rescue.
Bizarre background circumstances to an overnight theft of this large piece of art, a crime which disappeared as completely from the public record as the pavement itself did from Brantingham quarry. A post-war crime left unsolved to this day, still stoking local tensions.
Where others fear to tread, Clive Ashman fills the cracks in little known fact with his fictionalised account. As the redundant combat-flyer turned-detective, Michael Tryton, struggles through the blitzed streets of 1940s Hull to investigate the theft of this pavement. Unconsciously retracing the footsteps of another discharged soldier; Flavius Candidus, as he lands in late Roman Brough-on-Humber (‘Petuaria‘) on the hunt for civic corruption.
Convincing tales with a cast of characters which include real life figures once party to this forgotten local scandal that’s now relived on the page.
From the cover design for “MOSAIC – The Pavement That Walked” (Clive Ashman)
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