Retired political journalist turns to children's stories in latest venture - The Solihull Observer

Retired political journalist turns to children's stories in latest venture

Solihull Editorial 20th Jan, 2021   0

A FORMER political journalist has turned to writing children’s stories in his latest venture.

John Szemerey has put pen to paper to write The Ghost of the Cog-Wheel Railway – a story he dreamed up for his children while on holiday in Budapest.

It tells the story of the ghost of Zoltán who can live out his ambition of driving the cog-wheel railway up and down the Buda (Hungary) hills at night.

The local dogs and cats welcome Zoltán and the nightly journeys of the cog-wheel railway, but local residents are not so pleased.




After years of his children begging him the Knowle resident wrote this story down during his retirement.

This is his first book published by Austin Macauley Publishers in London.


Over the years John was a features writer then polictical journalist before moving to the European Commission where he spent more than 30 years as editor of the multilingual house magazine and an information officer.

John’s second book is ready for the publication and he said he has three more in the pipeline.

The Ghost of the Cog-Wheel Railway is available online and will be in bookshops.

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