Thursday, 25 October 2012

New Generation Publishing Launches Albatross Bay by Roger Harvey.

- and don’t let the grown-ups spoil the happy ending!

Poet, playwright and screenwriter Roger Harvey’s latest novel is a rip-roaring kids’ adventure set on the amazing Northumbrian coast.

The long-established writer--who enjoyed early success with another children’s story Percy the Pigeon--returns to the genre in classic 20th-century style: good clean fun in a pre-electronic age when school shirts were grey, motorbikes had sidecars, and the Summer holidays meant long sunny days filled with excitement and adventure.

“But of course there’s a twist,” explains Roger. “Lucy and Sam, the children on holiday in Albatross Bay, soon have to deal with grown-up passions as well as the wind and weather. While they have fun and adventures, they also sort out some adults’ problems and bring about a happy ending to a romantic love story which is also going on in the book. They see through grown-up silliness and bigotry and do the right thing--which adults are not always good at doing. I wanted to write a story to show that, but also to set a children’s adventure with a hint of mystery and romance in an era of innocence that adults could appreciate: so there are no computers, mobiles, street violence, drugs, tacky TV shows, or any of the horrors that can bedevil a 21st-century childhood. Albatross Bay lies somewhere in a nostalgic limbo of the not-too-distant past which might never have actually existed, but I suspect lots of people will enjoy the escapism of going there.”

The ‘Albatross Bay’ of the title is a real location: the author’s beloved Embleton beach in Northumberland. “I set two other books in the same place,” explains Roger. “There are endless possibilities for stories on this beautiful and romantic coast. The little houses in the dunes, the island with its rocky causeway, the lake with its nesting birds, and the local inn all appear in Albatross Bay as themselves. There is a touch of the sublime in this story, and it comes from the mystical beauty of the actual place. If readers want to search out the real locations, they’ll find their own magic and happiness beside the sea.”

Roger will show you the real Albatross Bay

Readers who travel to Northumberland or live locally can enjoy a very special experience: a guided tour of the real location of Albatross Bay with the author himself.
            “I’m happy to take readers around the sites of the story if they contact me via my website and bring a copy of the book with them. I have ‘walked’ a few people around the book’s locations already and they are always fascinated to see how reality translates into fiction. Of course they always imagine themselves in the story, standing in the very places where it happens. Youngsters can even draw their own version of the map made by Lucy and Sam in the book. It’s a great day out on a wonderful coastline.”
            There is also a real Lucy and a real Sam whose names Roger ‘borrowed’ for his characters in the book.
            Albatross Bay  is published by New Generation Publishing and is available via bookshops, at Amazon UK, or direct from the publisher’s website.

Review copies available on request – contact details below
For interview, comment and information from New Generation Publishing, email: or call 01933 665340

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