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Cumberland Infirmary Registrar publishes debut novel

Posted on Wednesday 29th August 2012
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Dan Berkeley

A GP Registrar at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle has written and published his first novel which is set in the city.

Dan Berkeley (28) who lives in Wigton, has an avid interest in ancient Rome and Greece and began researching ideas for his first book when he was at medical school in Nottingham. When Dan finished university in 2007 he opted to come and do his training at the Cumberland Infirmary as he and his wife wanted to move to Cumbria.

In November 2007, Dan was diagnosed with Lymphoma and had to take time out of his medical training to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy. During this time he started writing Sacramentum.

On returning to work he continued with the book and sent it out to publishers. This proved to be a very challenging task and in the end Dan decided to self-publish the book on Kindle Direct where he uploaded it to Amazon and sold as an eBook for 99p. To his delight, he sold over 500 eBooks and then received requests for print copies of the book which he will now supply on demand.

Sacramentum is set in the present day in a world which Rome never fell. Titus, a General with no army in a world without a war, has no choice but to take work as a mercenary. Work is easy to come by in the shattered town of Luguvalium, but when his work results in the death of a young man, Titus begins to question the world he lives in. He discovers a truth so shocking that it changes his life, and a conspiracy so dark, it could bring down the Senate itself.

Dan said: “Self-publishing on Amazon was a great way to get people reading my book which has always been my number one aim. I have my final medical exams in November this year then I going to start writing the second book in the trilogy which I hope will be taken on by a publisher.”

Sacramentum has received positive reviews on Amazon, including:

“All in all a very good first novel. I’m looking forward to reading the next.”

“Fantastic! Epic and imaginative, thoroughly researched by Berkeley and difficult to put down. It is clear that this new author is going far. If only Rome hadn't fallen...”

“I was very intrigued by this book and was very impressed by it. It is a very well written book and I am enjoying reading it. The author draws you into the story which makes it well worth reading. I highly recommend it. Outstanding. Can't wait for the next part!”

You can buy Dan’s book at