Au­thor has fes­tive treat for bear fans

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AU­THOR Fran Clark is to launch her new chil­dren’s book, about a toy bear who comes to life when no one is around, in Uxbridge.

Brett Bear and the Sad Santa is the fifth in­stal­ment in a se­ries, and copies will be on sale from a stall at the Pav­il­lions Shop­ping Cen­tre, in Uxbridge, on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 2.

The book tells the story of how Brett Bear helps Santa to find chil­dren’s miss­ing presents.

Fran, who lives in Brent­ford, caught the writ­ing bug af­ter study­ing for a mas­ter’s de­gree in cre­ative writ­ing at Brunel Univer­sity.

She hopes to have a novel pub­lished next year un­der a pen name and has ghost writ­ten ro­man­tic nov­els in re­cent years.

She said: “The books have very sub­tle ways of teach­ing right from wrong in the way they in­ter­act with other peo­ple.

“There are lessons to be learned in how Brett in­ter­acts with other toys.”

Fran’s co-au­thor on the Brett Bear books is Gur­preet Si­hat and the pair plan to write 10 in to­tal.

The il­lus­tra­tions are hand drawn and painted by a mem­ber of Fran’s fam­ily, giv­ing them ‘a nice, old­fash­ioned feel’, say the au­thors.

Brett Bear and the Sad Santa will be avail­able for sale at the mar­ket with the spe­cial of­fer of two for £13.

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