A FORMER church minister turned editor has released a book which offers tips about winning word puzzles.

Nick Fawcett, who served at Leigh Baptist Church from 1984 to 1989, has worked as a book editor for the last 20 years on titles including the biographies of footballer Peter Crouch and cricketer Monty Panesar.

The 62-year-old has also edited books for the serving and past Archbishop of Canterbury as well as more that 150 Christian resource titles.

And now the dad-of-two has released Can I Have A Word? which is a fun guide to winning word-making games such as scrabble.

He decided to pen the book after being inspired by his nephew Ben Thomas, who he has played many competitive games with.

Nick, who has fun with the "enjoyment of words", put together the title to give fellow game enthusiasts a chance to be more successful.

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He has also faced health problems in the last 10 years after being diagnosed with incurable blood cancer myoma.

He has had a number of operations but his "happy disposition" has made sure that he has always remained positive.

To order a copy of the book click here.