Sandy has first book published

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A woman who ran a newsagent in Giltbrook has retired and taken to writing books.

Sandy Williamson has just had her first book published, a children’s story entitled ‘Henry and Friends’.

The new-found author – who ran Giltbrook News for seven years – wanted her first book to be educational for kids, and wrote Henry and Friends about a cockerel who lives on a farm.

The 58-year-old said: “It describes various different animals throughout the book and the idea is for children to learn what it’s like to live on a farm. A lot of children I know have not even visited the countryside so I just thought it was a good topic. I’ve tried to make it educational and interesting.”

Mrs Williamson said she also wanted to encourage children to read more.

“These days kids are on computers too much. I do agree with them learning IT because it’s vital for their education but I still think they should read books and involve themselves in activities more,” she added.

The author has already sold 50 books locally alone.

She has since written two more books, one of which is at the publishers waiting to be printed, and she is currently working on her fourth.

Greasley Beauvale Primary School and Gilthill Primary School both stock the book in their libraries.

Henry and Friends retails at £3.99 and is available to buy at Amazon, WH Smith, or at www.ahstockwell.co.uk.