Mirror Books snaps up 'Chennai Six' survivor story

Mirror Books snaps up 'Chennai Six' survivor story

Mirror Books will release a book on the Chennai Six, which promises to be a “remarkable true story of courage and endurance”.

Executive editor Jo Sollis acquired UK, Eire and Commonwealth rights to Surviving Hell by Nick Dunn from Marjacq’s Philip Paterson. The book will be published in March 2020.

The first-hand account will detail how former soldier Dunn spent four years in Chennai Prison in India after being arrested on weapons charges. The book will be ghost written by David Blake (Penguin UK) crime series author Howard Linskey.

The synopsis explains: “The Chennai Six were all British former soldiers travelling on an anti-piracy ship, the MV Seaman Guard Ohio. They were there to protect vessels against Somali pirates but their real enemy turned out to be the Indian authorities who trapped them for years in a legal nightmare. The men were falsely charged with intruding in Indian waters and the possession of illegal weapons. Nick lost four years of his life in India, the bulk of it in appalling conditions at Chennai prison. Despite this, he refused to buckle and now he tells his full, inspiring story for the first time.”

Dunn said: “I am delighted to announce that I will be collaborating with Mirror Books to finally tell my story of the situation that robbed me of years of freedom. My book will give readers an insight into the horrific injustice that me and my family went through and the mental and physical battle to clear my name. I am confident that along with the team around me, Mirror Books will help to do just that.”

Sollis added: “We are really excited to be working on this remarkable true story of courage and endurance. Nick went through a terrible ordeal, but his extraordinary spirit remained undaunted.”