A book focused on one man’s painful but life-changing time in Brighton is available for download.

Luke Swaine, 42, began writing A Brighton Tale almost 10 years ago when he lived in the city.

The 32-page short story follows the life of Rob, a single father struggling to bring up his son and manage a business while dealing with his own mental health issues.

Rob lives with his wife, Becca, and readers need to decide if she is a figment of his imagination or if she is there in paranormal form.

Father of three Mr Swaine, who based Rob around himself, said: “It started as a little bit of therapy after two difficult, seven-year-long relationships.

The story is essentially fiction, but there’s a lot of fact in there too.

“The book talks about a lot of famous Brighton landmarks and readers who live in the city will be familiar with all the different sites and Brighton quirks I write about.

"The story shows the unique way Rob looks at the world and the events going on around him from within his self-made protective bubble, his search for a normal life and the highs and lows that this brings.

"This story highlights the struggles Rob must go through, the challenges he must face to keep his son and the fight with accepting the road to recovery."

Mr Swaine feels writing the story helped him grow as a person and made him stronger.

He said: “I’m where I should be and I have a partner who helped me edit the story.

“I think she’s what I was looking for when I was writing the story all that time ago.”

Mr Swaine set up a Facebook page – Brighton Tales – to advertise and talk about his book. His story is available on Amazon, with a free Kindle download