COMEDIAN Alexei Sayle has based his new book on British expatriates living in southern Spain.
The writer, who made his name as the landlord in 1980s hit comedy The Young Ones, highlights the rivalries and hierarchies among a group living in a fictional valley, near to where he has a home in Granada.
The comedian turned author owns a property in the Lecrin Valley and is a regular visitor to the country.
In the book Mister Roberts an imperial cruiser of the Galactic Empire crash lands into the valley.
The action is based around a suit from the spaceship found by a lonely 13 year-old boy.
He claims his characters are based on people he has come into contact with in Spain, but also on his own strange habits which he puts on to the page.
“It’s a fictional valley in Spain and has turned up in other short stories before including Dog Catcher,” he explained.
“I have always liked Spain more than France and Italy. I like people who like Spain! There’s a certain person drawn to Spain, Brits that live here are diverse, they aren’t affected and what they are drawn to is Spanish culture.
“Life is lived in Technicolor, not like the rest of Europe.”