Lock's novelisation, Blood Ties: The Life and Loves of Grant Mitchell
is an attempt to explain 10 years of Grants quirky behaviour. It has the avid fan in mind but will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane for any reader. Beginning with the blossoming friendship between Grant and Sharon way back in the eighties, it continues right up the rocky marriage with Tiffany in the Summer of 1998.
Apparently we can blame Grant being sent to the Falkland Islands and killing a boy not much older than himself for his violence and volcanic temperament. But is Grant really a hard shell filled with a marsh-mallow interior; a scared, insecure, babbling wreck who just needs some tender loving care or is his motivation more sinister? To many viewers, Grant has a serious complex about opening up and trusting women; this fault often manifests itself into a fist, alcohol abuse or the urge to seek out other women.
Should we love Grant or hate him? The answer is for the reader to decide. Television journalist Kate Hunt uses her experience to great effect. We have the evidence of Grant's actions both from the screen and the reinforcement of the book. However through this text, Lock takes the reader one step further and attempts to explain why Grant did what he did and still does what he does. This is a book no frequenter of "The Square" should be without.--Jon Smith