Sparky and the Fairy by Joan Murray


Sparky and the Fairy by Joan Murray

This is a story about an electrician called Sid, who the villagers of Scratchit nicknamed Sparky. He is a kind obliging man, very popular with all the residents and very well known. Being the only electrician in the village, Sparky is kept very busy - especially by the village school, which is a very old building. The electrics are always causing problems, so the headmistress, Miss Skinner, relies heavily on Sparky and they have a special friendship. The vicar of Scratchit, Reverend Plum, is another good customer. Sparky is called frequently to the church as the heating system is always breaking down or the lights fusing. All in all Sparky had a very happy life. One busy day Sparky was called to the church and the school. This is the story of what happened on that day and how Sparky had an amazing adventure.

About the Author

My name is Joan Murray. I live with my husband, Ken, in the small village of Ponsanooth near Truro, Cornwall. We have three grown-up daughters and three grandchildren. I was born in Shropshire in 1940, one of four children, in the village of Albrighton near Wolverhampton. As my father was born in the village, we were a very well-known and close family, with grandparents, aunts and uncles all in the same village. This made for a very happy childhood. After leaving school at fifteen years old, my first employment was in the local post office, where I stayed for three years. I then went to work for the Ministry of Defence as a clerical assistant at the RAF hospital at Cosford, which is just one mile from Albrighton. I worked there until after I married, when I left to start a family. I did part-time work in various jobs whilst the children were growing up. When the children married and moved away, I went back to the MOD at Cosford and worked for many years as an admin assistant in the engineering department. I retired when I was sixty-three years old, after deciding we would move to Cornwall where two of our daughters and grandchildren live. We have been in Cornwall now for eight years, and coming here was the best thing we ever did. Ken and I are very happy here, and seeing the grandchildren all the time is a bonus. Ken is back working after deciding retirement was not for him yet; I found not working very difficult, having always worked, so I decided this was the time to write a book for children - a project I had been thinking about for a few years. Sparky and the Fairy is my first book, and I am currently working on further adventures of Sparky to make up a series of books. Joan Murray

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40 pages


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Publication date

18th January 2013



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