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Author scoops national award

Author scoops national award

by Tom Martin (July 2020)

A COUNCIL worker from Melling who penned his first book to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, has won a national award.

Graham Parry, 43, won plenty of plaudits for his book Alder, which was inspired by the local children’s hospital.

Alder is about a boy called Bobby who, while sick in hospital, is able to travel through a passage he has drawn on the hospital room wall to a magical world, which is called Alder.

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Bobby has adventures, including meeting the Aldermen, befriending a talking dog, and fighting a monster, before returning to our world with an important message.

On Thursday, July 23, Graham was named the winner of the Best Achievement Award from The People’s Book Prize.

The award recognises Graham’s efforts in fundraising for Alder Hey, as proceeds from each book sale are given as a donation.

Graham, a housing officer for Sefton Council, was presented the award virtually from author Frederick Forsyth over Zoom after the London ceremony was cancelled due to coronavirus.

Graham said: “All I really felt I had to do was to write down Bobby’s adventures in the hope that others may enjoy them.

“I am honoured and delighted to receive this award from such a distinguished author and patron as Frederick Forsyth, CBE, especially as it recognises excellence and is for my first book.”

The success of Alder has already prompted Graham to start writing a follow-up, called Return to Alder, due to be released later this year.

He added: “Bobby’s story seems to have touched so many people, and I am delighted that it has, and they found time to vote for me. My thanks to them and hope they are looking forward to the next instalment…The Return to Alder.”

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