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Tandem is a five-star read

3 May
Alex holds her novel Tandem for Fletch to read

In tandem: Alex holds her novel while I read

I’ve really enjoyed reading Tandem, the new novel by my friend Alex, Wordsworth House and Garden’s interpretation and communications manager, although Bubble and Squeak, the mice who live in my pocket, have been complaining that they keep getting drenched as I have been shedding a few tears.

It has also made me long for a pair of legs, as her descriptions of the seaside and the joy of riding a bike have made me want to experience them for myself.

Alex tells a darned good story and I didn’t want it to end, as it whiled away many long nights in the garden, which can be a bit lonely at times. I’m a sociable chap and like visitors, staff and volunteers to keep me company.

I feel like Sanders and Paula, her main characters, have become old friends. I especially liked the humour and descriptions of the escapades with the penguins, and the fat fairies at the fair had me and my loyal mice howling with laughter.

My friend Mr Penguin, who’s sitting on my should in the picture, loved reading about Sir Nils Olav, Edinburgh zoo’s celebrity penguin.

I’m very proud of Alex and have got her to write an inscription especially for me and have my own copy tucked up in my stuffing to keep it out of the rain.

You can buy Tandem at the Wordsworth House shop, which is, of course, the best place to get it, as all the income keeps my place of work cared for and well maintained. You can also get Alex to sign it for you, so you can sell it for lots of money when she’s world famous.

If you can’t make it to Cockermouth, Tandem – which won the Hookline Novel Competition – is also available on Amazon.

My verdict: 5 stars!


Penguins ride in by tandem

28 Apr
Alex Morgan and celebrity penguins at the launch of Tandem

Celebrity penguins: Alex with some very special guests at her book launch

My friend Alex, Wordsworth House and Garden’s interpretation and communications manager, has written a novel – and it’s won an award. How fabulous is that?

Tandem – which, she says, is about love, loss, a celebrity penguin and riding a bicycle built for two – won the annual Hookline Novel Competition judged by book groups from all around the UK.

We’ve just held not one but two very special launch events at the house. Alex read extracts from the book, and 80 guests drank wine and ate (what else?) Penguin biscuits. I love penguins – feathered and chocolate – so I was thrilled to be there.

The celebrity penguin in the book is real. He’s called Sir Nils Olav and he lives at Edinburgh Zoo. He was given his rank by the Norwegian army as he’s their mascot, and every few years they come over to Scotland and give him a promotion!

He couldn’t be at the launch himself, but he sent two of his representatives – there they are in the picture above.

I’m very much looking forward to reading Tandem and will be posting my review of it here shortly. Watch this space!

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