Sweet Cherry horseriding series shortlisted for People’s Book Prize

Myra King, children’s author living in Kenilworth, is a finalist in The People’s Book Prize: a national book prize voted for by the public – the biggest of its kind.

The first book in Myra’s debut series, Apley Towers, was nominated for The People’s Book Prize in the summer collection – the public have been voting and it is now one of three finalists from the children’s category in the summer collection.

The winner will be announced at next year’s awards ceremony, which is broadcast on SKY News.

Myra, aged 30, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but now lives in Warwickshire with her husband, young son and Border Collie. Her love of writing began at an early age. She said: “Ever since I wrote my first character at the age of six I’ve never wanted to do anything else.”

The book has already been featured in a Guardian supplement as one of the best new children’s books of the summer

The Lost Kodas is set in Myra’s homeland among the world of horse-riding, another of her passions. The book tells the story of two girls as they make new friendships and learn valuable life lessons with horses and humans alike.

The second set of books in the Apley Towers series will be released on 29th September – with a book launch and signing taking place at Kenilworth Books on the 24th September

Myra will also be partaking in the storytelling den at the Kenilworth Arts Festival on Sunday 18th Sept as part of the ‘Fiesta’, with a crossword challenge and an author Q&A.


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