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Power cut affects BBC South West
A power cut affects broadcasts by BBC South West after its Plymouth studios are hit by an outage.

Dawn French named uni chancellor
Comedian Dawn French is to become the new chancellor of Cornwall's Falmouth University.

Seabird chicks on Isles of Scilly
Manx Shearwater chicks are spotted for the first time in living memory in the Isles of Scilly.

Teen pregnancies 'lowest since 1969'
Numbers of pregnant teenage girls in Cornwall fall to the lowest level since records began in 1969, figures suggest.

Ofsted highlights pupil exam concern
Cornwall is one of the worst-performing areas in the country for GCSE achievement by pupils on free school meals (FSM), Ofsted says.

GPs working on days off at practice
GPs from a consortium which has taken over a surgery in St Austell are working on days off and through holidays to improve care, they say.

University chairs 'to cost £95k'
Seven chairs being bought by a South West university for a reported £150,000 will actually cost £95,000, the institution says.

VIDEO: SW political week in 60 seconds
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Golding Flies classic marks 60 years
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Pirates improvement 'slow process'
Cornish Pirates forwards coach Alan Paver accepts there will be no overnight success for his young Championship side.

Tully expects better from Truro City
Truro City boss Steve Tully says his side must beat teams like Saturday's opponents Burnham to do well this season.

Libby 'gives Cornish players hope'
Nottinghamshire batsman Jake Libby's former coach believes his debut century will inspire other Cornish cricketers.

Bayliss wants end to ill-discipline
Cornish All Blacks director of rugby Neil Bayliss believes ill-discipline has cost his side in their opening games.

BBC News | UK | World Edition
Miliband £2.5bn pledge 'to save NHS'
Ed Miliband tells the Labour conference he wants to recruit 36,000 NHS doctors, nurses and other health staff - partly funded by a tax on tobacco firms and expensive homes.

Hostage family receive plea for life
The family of British hostage Alan Henning say they have received an audio file of him pleading for his life.

DJ Travis guilty of indecent assault
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is convicted of one count of indecent assault in 1995 but cleared of two further charges.

PM: Queen purred over Scotland vote
The Queen "purred" when David Cameron told her about Scotland's rejection of independence referendum, he apparently reveals.

Cameron in UN talks over IS action
David Cameron is holding talks at the UN to see "what more the UK can do" to help international efforts "to tackle the threat we all face" from Islamic State.

Barclays hit by record £38m fine
Barclays Bank has been fined a record £38m by UK regulators for failing to keep its clients' assets separate from its own.

Mother and son killed by train
A woman and her 10-year-old son die after being hit by a train in Slough, Berkshire.

Second video of UK hostage released
A second video is released showing British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Scotland 'the winner' after vote
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says "all of Scotland will emerge as the winner" following the vote against independence.

Tesco fast-tracks new finance chief
Troubled supermarket giant Tesco says its new chief financial officer, Alan Stewart, is joining the company immediately, more than two months earlier than originally planned.

Alice suspect 'made weapon to kill'
The prime suspect in the investigation to find Alice Gross murdered his wife with homemade weapons, court documents reveal.

Robinson rejigs DUP Stormont team
The DUP's Edwin Poots and Nelson McCausland are being replaced as Stormont ministers, party leader Peter Robinson announces.

Activists occupy coal-carrying train
Greenpeace activists take control of a train carrying 1,500 tonnes of coal to a power station, the campaign group says.

'Chubby' Brown is fined at hospital
Comedian Roy "Chubby" Brown is handed a parking ticket at a hospital minutes after handing over a £5,000 cheque to help cancer patients.

VIDEO: Radio query reveals garden cannabis
Patricia Hewitson from Exmouth, Devon, unwittingly grew a 5ft (1,5m) tall cannabis plant from a pack of bird seeds - but her error was only revealed when she contacted a radio phone-in show.

Doubt over RVH child heart surgery
The future of children's cardiac surgery at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital is in serious doubt, as outgoing Health Minister Edwin Poots reveals an expert review has recommended the service moves to Dublin.

Rapist is sentenced to 18 years
A man who raped a woman in Lurgan, County Armagh, and beat her boyfriend into unconsciousness is jailed for 18 years.

Trafficked women feared witchcraft
Two Nigerian woman trafficked into the UK sex trade were put through 'witchcraft' ordeals to ensure they obeyed, Cardiff Crown Court hears.

£104k public cash lost in bank fraud
Public funds totalling £104,000 were paid into a fraudulent bank account and are "highly unlikely" to be recovered, a Welsh assembly committee hears.

Teen held over 'firearms incident'
A teenager is taken into custody after a suspected firearms incident in Shetland saw police urge the public in some areas to remain indoors.

Showground charges over boy's death
Organisers of the Royal Highland Show face trial over alleged safety breaches, including an incident which resulted in a young boy's death.

Pilot dies as two aircraft collide
A pilot dies when two single-seater light aircraft collide in mid-air over Bedfordshire, causing one to crash to the ground.

Mothers stage homes sit-in protest
Members of a women's group in east London are staging a week-long occupation of a housing estate next to the Olympic Park, in protest at the number of empty properties.

Man Utd £100m off title - Neville
Manchester United need two more transfer windows of heavy spending to contend for the title, says ex-defender Phil Neville.

McIlroy has outgrown me - McDowell
Graeme McDowell admits Rory McIlroy's four majors and world number one status may mean the end for their Ryder Cup partnership.

Bolt aims for 19-second 200m barrier
Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt says he can lower his 100m and 200m world records before the end of his career.

How lasers revealed a lost city in the jungle
Deep in the Cambodian jungle lie the remains of a vast medieval city - new archaeological techniques are now revealing its secrets.

Ants v humans
A recent wildlife programme suggested that all the ants in the world weigh as much as all the people - but is that true?

Getting a driving licence without a test
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Agreement on new powers 'not easy'
The head of the new commission on delivering more powers to Scotland has warned it will "not be easy" to get agreement from the Scottish parties.

Labour: Put rail passengers first
Labour pledges to put "passengers before profit" in the railways amid calls for the network to be renationalised.

Cameron to hold talks with Iran
David Cameron is to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani - the first time a UK prime minister has met an Iranian president since the Iran's revolution in 1979.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Tory MP John Baron asks an urgent question on the government's response to Islamic State.

VIDEO: NHS staff to help in Ebola areas
The World Health Organization has warned the number of people with the Ebola virus could reach 20,000 by November if swift action is not taken now.

VIDEO: Turtle back home in sea life centre
Ernie the green sea turtle and other creatures including penguins, sharks and tropical fish are returning to Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary in Norfolk.

VIDEO: Boats and ladders after Oxford flood
Fire and rescue crews helped 25 people leave their homes after a burst water main flooded homes in Cowley in Oxford.

VIDEO: Labour's dilemma over MP vote rights
The three main parties at Westminster have promised to devolve more powers to Holyrood following last week's referendum in Scotland.

AUDIO: Space inflation and a physics bet
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VIDEO: Teenagers shy to talk about cancer
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VIDEO: WW1 bus retraces Ypres battle routes
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A brief history of the UK Parliament
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Actor battles to overturn jail term
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First Aid Kit harmonise with pupils
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Tesco turns stale as market moves on
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Supermarket's woes make front-page headlines




Debut novel set in Mousehole no 2 on Kindle bestseller list

The picturesque harbour of Mousehole takes centre stage in a new children’s book for 9 – 12 year olds, Callum Fox and the Mousehole Ghost. The book, published by Woodside White Books in June, went straight in at number two in Amazon’s Kindle bestsellers list of children’s historical fiction.

The story follows Callum Fox, a 12 year old boy from London, who visits Cornwall to spend the summer with his grandparents. To his horror he finds the place haunted by Jim, the ghost of a WWII evacuee. The story unfolds through alternating time-slip chapters, mixing a humorous contemporary story with a WWII adventure. Both stories come together when Callum, Jim the ghost and Callum’s friend, Sophie find themselves trapped underground at Geevor Tin Mine.

The author, AC Hatter, knows the area well. ‘When I had the idea for the novel I just knew it had to be set in Mousehole. It’s the perfect location for a summer holiday adventure. It was important to me to ground the story in a real place, one that was special to me and my family. I think it gives the story more credibility and it’s an opportunity to share a little of Mousehole’s rich past with a wider audience.’

Hatter’s family farmed near Penzance for many years and ran a B&B in Mousehole in the 1940s. She researched both the WWII and current story lines thoroughly and wrote some of the manuscript whilst staying at the Ship Inn. Hatter is returning to the region between the 14th and 16th July to talk about the book and meet with local book sellers and readers.

Hatter, 45, is married with two children and lives in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. She works as an HR consultant and is currently writing the second book in the series. Although Callum Fox and the Mousehole Ghost is Hatter’s first children’s novel she has had other fiction published. Fay Weldon described one of her earlier stories as ‘thoughtful, moving and simply written, seizes an idea and carries it through. It puts a shape upon ordinary human experience and makes it un-ordinary, which is what the best writing does.’
Margaret Graham, said ‘Callum Fox is a fabulous, funny, feisty character, who takes us on a roller-coaster of a ride around Cornwall. Read and Enjoy!’

Callum Fox and the Mousehole Ghost is available in paperback from Amazon and all good bookshops, and as an eBook on Kindle, kobo and iBooks.

Find out more at www.achatter.co.uk
Amanda Hatter, amanda.hatter@compbenhr.com, 01494 680400 / 07786 933088

Callum Fox’s summer holiday in Cornwall isn’t working out quite as he’d expected. His Grandad’s turned out to be a miserable old git and Sophie, the girl he met on the train to Penzance, seems to view him as more of a liability than anything else.
However, his time in Mousehole starts to get a whole lot more interesting when he meets Jim, the ghost of a World War II evacuee.
Seventy years separate Callum and Jim, but as their stories unfold Callum realises they have more in common than anyone could have imagined, and that some secrets last a lifetime…

CALLUM FOX AND THE MOUSEHOLE GHOST is aimed at children aged 9 – 12. It is set in two time periods. The historical story line follows Jim White, an evacuee, sent to Mousehole to billet with Bob Fox and his family. Jim and Bob witness a German plane crash which triggers a string of events culminating in Jim’s death at the age of 12.

Meanwhile the contemporary story line keeps the reader firmly rooted in a lighter, fast paced adventure, following Callum Fox (also aged 12), who travels down from London to spend the summer with his Grandad – the same Bob Fox seventy years on. The two stories are told in alternating chapters, clearly defined and intertwined.

Callum and the ghost of Jim, try to convince Sophie from the Mousehole B&B that Callum can see ghosts, but in the process Sophie gets badly injured at Geevor Tin Mine and her life hangs in the balance. Callum and the ghosts have to work together to save her.

Sophie’s experience proves to her, and Grandad Bob, that Callum really can see ghosts. Bob is able to discuss everything that happened to him and Jim seventy years previously, bringing closure to him, and forming a bond between Callum and his grandad.

Evacuees are studied in most UK primary schools and CALLUM FOX AND THE MOUSEHOLE GHOST supports the history syllabus, whilst also having the added contemporary feel of a story about children with mobile phones and Facebook accounts.

The story ties in with the 70th anniversary of the war, 75th anniversary of Operation Pied Piper (the mass evacuation of 3 million children from London in September 2014) and also references the 1981 Penlee Lifeboat disaster and Cornish tin mining.

Both stories are set in the beautiful fishing village of Mousehole, Cornwall with action occurring in Geevor Tin Mine and Penzance. CALLUM FOX AND THE MOUSEHOLE GHOST would make a fantastic summer holiday read for children holidaying in Cornwall – or anywhere!


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