THE debut novel from Marbella-based author Dick Barton is set for release in the US this autumn.

Madonna and The Pen is an intriguing ‘spiritual interpretation’ of an apparition of The Virgin Mary.

Glasgow-born writer Dick Barton (no connection to the celebrated ‘special agent’) admits the Holy Mother was the last thing he would’ve chosen to write about, and doesn’t describe himself as being religious.

“I didn’t write it on a PC, it was all by hand and I felt my hand was being guided by something else,” said Dick.

“It was a very weird feeling. Sometimes it would bring tears to my eyes, bring me to my knees – this was the strength of feeling I had.”

The book is a personal triumph for Dick who left school at 15 with no qualifications. Following the success of the book in the UK, Dick was thrilled to hear that Barnes & Noble, the largest book retailer in America are to stock the novel.

“There has also been interest in making a film of the book, and producers at have told me it will make a great movie” said Dick.

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