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Barrowden author pens The Strange Tales of the Alphabet Children

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A Rutland man has penned his debut children’s novel which has been years in the making.

Matthew Rumbelow has self-published The Strange Tales of the Alphabet Children which is set to be released next month.

The book features 26 'rhyming cautionary tales' about children who all foolishly ignore their parents’ advice and face tragic consequences.

Matthew Rumbelow
Matthew Rumbelow

Matthew said: “From that first seed of an idea, writing progressed quickly, and with the first draft completed early in 2018, I turned my attention to publishing and the daunting task of finding an agent.

“As many aspiring authors know, getting published is far from straightforward.

“For me, I suspect the process was made harder not only by the dark, atypical subject matter and rhyming couplet style, but also because I struggled to identify an age category my book would comfortably fit into.

“When I started writing, I naively assumed that I was creating a series of children’s stories but as my writing continued I realised that these were not really children’s stories at all.”

Matthew, who lives in Barrowden, has suggested the tales are not suitable for young children due to them being ‘often gruesome and peppered with words that even the brightest four-year-old is unlikely to know’.

Due to not being sure on the demand Matthew has begun by ordering 750 copies which will be available from Walker’s Bookshops next month.

The Strange Tales of the Alphabet Children can also be pre-ordered by visiting www.thealphabetchildren.co.uk.

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