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Sunday, 20 July 2014

A Book Launch and Richard III

Isn't it lovely when you have something to celebrate? Especially when it's an occasion to mark the culmination of hard work and the coming together of something really special. On Tuesday evening we attended the book launch for The Children's Book of Richard III, which has been written by my writer friend, Rosalind Adam.

Ros and I have known each other for a long time, through good times and bad. This is a story of tenacity, entrepreneurship and serendipity; all qualities which you need in spades when you are a writer. The full story of this book is Ros's to tell and you can find all of the details on her blog. here.

Briefly, for those of you who missed the excitement, last year the remains of King Richard III were discovered underneath a council car park in Leicester. He had been hurriedly buried, following his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, in the church of the Greyfriars. This last bit of information wasn't certain and Greyfriars was long gone so the chances of finding him were remote, but thanks to many people, found he was.

Lynn Moore, who owns The Reading Shop, an independent children's book shop in Oadby, Leicester, was repeatedly asked for a children's book on Richard. She found there weren't any and, as Ros had already written The Children's History of Leicester, Lynn asked if she would be interested in writing about Richard.

Ros is very modest and she won't tell you just how fantastic her new book about Richard is. So I will!

Firstly, it is beautifully put together, printed by Soar Valley Press in a hardback edition. This is a book which will stand the test of time, which can be handed down from one generation to another which is such a lovely thing to be able to do.

The words are Ros's and the stunning illustrations are the work of Alice Povey. Ros discovered Alice through Twitter and it is so heart-warming to hear of a positive Twitter story.

Richard is a controversial and enigmatic character and his is a complex story. Ros has covered it expertly in a colourful, informative, entertaining and accessible way. This is a gem of a book, one you could read from cover to cover but also to dip into, one to sit down and read with your children or one to let the explore on their own. They will find it fascinating and fun.

It just goes to show that as writers, with a little bit of luck and a lot of dedication, anything is possible. So well done to Ros, Lynn and Alice for being such an inspiration and I am sure this book is going to be a huge success. If you would like to order a copy it is available from The Reading Shop.

Here is the lovely Ros with myself and a couple of other members of our writing group, children's author, Josephine Feeney (second from right) and BBC journalist, Bridget Blair in the gorgeous pink dress.

Thank-you for reading and may you too have something to celebrate this week.

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