Grandpa's Dear Old Girl

Grandpa's Dear Old Girl

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Millie's grandpa Big Frank has been the lighthouse keeper all his life, but when Jack-o-the-lamp comes to the island to automate the light, Millie is worried.

What will her grandpa do now without the lighthouse he calls his 'Dear Old Girl'?

A big storm is brewing, but when Big Frank and Millie try to warn them, the fishermen take no notice. But they need Big Frank's help when the storm sweeps in, and he needs Millie's, when the lighthouse lamp goes out...

A children's chapter book with atmospheric black and white illustrations for adventure story fans.

Foreword by Michael Grade: "What is more glamorous than a movie premiere? If you love the movies, you will relish this book over and over again."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 191 x 235 x 4mm | 178g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 29 black and white interior illustrations with a story
  • 1999728386
  • 9781999728380
  • 974,253

Table of contents


Grandpa's Dear Old Girl - 7

The Sparkling Lens - 15

The Humming Stops - 22

The Big Storm - 39

Danger out at Sea - 39

Lost in the Dark - 47

Millie to the Rescue - 56
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Review quote

'A story full of warmth and drama for all ages. Unputdownable!' says Michelle Magorian, author of Goodnight Mister Tom

;'A tender exploration of family, our ever-changing world and the enduring power of the sea. A perfect book to read snuggled up by the fire with a child,' says Daisy Coulam, Grantchester and EastEnders screenwriter

;'A little gem - reading it to your children or grandchildren will be a delight,' says Gill Kaye, Ingenue Magazine

;'Enhanced with beautiful drawings, an exciting, fascinating and moving story of lighthouses and their keepers,' says Gary Sutton, Writing Consultant, whose great grandfather worked for the Irish lighthouse service.

;'I was absolutely charmed by it and quite emotional at the end,' says Lesley Myland Secretary RNLI Board on the IOW
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About Felicity Fair Thompson

Felicity Fair Thompson was born in Australia. After a short career in ballet in UK, she spent eight years as Senior Assistant Manager at the Odeon Leicester Square, the first woman in Rank's West End Cinema management, before settling on the Isle of Wight in 1977 to run a holiday business, where her interest in photography and travel expanded into film making and writing.

She has an MA in Screenwriting from UAL. Her drama documentary about Carisbrooke Castle was broadcast on SKY TV. Three of her other fourteen travel films made for the retail market have been shown on Australian television.

Her published writing includes two children's stories, an EU funded community play, scenic travel features, theatre reviews, award winning poetry, personality profiles and three novels - The Kid on Slapton Beachreceiving rave reviews. From 2000 to 2005 she founded and hosted the Weekend Writers' Conference on the Isle of Wight with speakers and delegates attending from Britain, Europe and the US.

She gave workshops alongside Sir Andrew Motion at the Tennyson Bicentenary celebrations at Farringford, and she has taught for Screen South, Connexions, Isle of Wight College, and independently, and has worked one to one with young people with learning difficulties.

Her play Exit the King about Charles I was performed on the Isle of Wight at the Ventnor Fringe Festival and at Carisbrooke Castle. Voices Over Passchendaele, co-written with historian Tim Wander, was performed on the Island to mark the centenary of the end of WWI.

Felicity has adapted another historic storyline from Tim Wander into a new stage play about the beginnings of radio in Chelmsford which was performed at the Civic Theatre there, and created a short radio presentation for the centenary on 15th June 2020 of the first world-wide radio broadcast ever, which featured the opera star Dame Nellie Melba.
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