SOCIAL WORK MAN, by Philip Cooper, 978-1-780885087, £7.99

THIS is a humourous but equally thought provoking novel written by an Ulverston town councillor and former social worker.

It charts the personal and professional transformation of the protagonist, Pier, as he moves from being a diffident young man from a privileged background to becoming a social worker.

During his time as a social worker, he encounters many difficulties from organisational cutbacks to financial restraints.

In the course of his career he stumbles upon a major sexual abuse scandal perpetrated by a senior figure in his own organisation who will go to extreme lengths to avoid detection.

Although dealing in controversial issues, the book can be light-hearted and humorous. But the author does not shy away from tackling topical subjects in his writing.