Fraserburgh author releases kids book 30 years after losing manuscript

Podley as drawn by Lyn Elrick
Podley as drawn by Lyn Elrick

A Broch author who wrote a children’s book thirty years ago will finally see his work go on sale after he found the manuscript earlier this year.

John Innes wrote Podley, the story of a five-year-old fish who lives in a rock pool at Fraserburgh’s Broadsea, three decades ago but then lost the manuscript.

However now John’s creation is for sale on Amazon and Kindle after he found the story in a box earlier this year.

The book was then illustrated by Lyn Elrick from Stuartfield.

John said: “I wrote the story thirty years ago but lost the manuscript. Found it in a box this year.

“So had it proofed and in collaboration with the very talented Lyn Elrick of Picky Pencil in Stuartfield produced a wee book for my grandchildren.”

Inspired by the seashore at Broadsea, Podley tells the story of a fish who lives in a soup can in the shallow end of a rock pool.

One morning young Podley wakes up before the rest of his friends and ventures into the darker waters of the deep end of the pool where he runs into trouble.

John said: “It’s a moralistic tale and it’s a nice wee story.”

The book is aimed for children around five years old - the same age as Podley - and features an array of sea creatures including lobsters, crabs, sea urchins, starfish and seagulls.

The book is available on paperback for £4.99 on Amazon or can also be bought for £2.99 for the Kindle.

One online reviewer said: “This is a great wee book for all ages,” while another noted, “Great short story for children.”