New tails from Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve

Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve
Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve

Lewes dogs are the stars of a new children’s book by Julian Warrender, published on Monday (September 8).

Set on the Railway Land, the nature reserve beside the River Ouse, Julian was inspired by the characters that she and her dog Ivy meet daily.

Ivy romps around in the watery meadows with Ripley the Vallhund, snuffles in the hedgerow with kindly Hector, and does the Dance of the Leads with Arthur the Spaniel, Ruby the Beagle and Freddie the Terrier.

They are all members of the Railway Land Dogs’ Club, but when Ivy loses her ball who will help her find it?

This first book of a series, aimed at five- to eight-year-olds, is a delightful story for parents to share with their children, capturing the sounds and sights of the Railway Land in a richly textured tale of a rufty-tufty dog with smiley brown eyes and soft, feathery fur.

The Railway Land Dogs’ Club – Ivy’s Lost Ball is beautifully illustrated by local artist Lyndsey Smith, who works in watercolour and ink, splashing in her sketchbook to capture the movement and vibrancy of the dogs and their adventures.

Author Julian is also founder and chief pot stirrer of Ouse Valley – a successful food business producing award-winning marmalades, chutneys and jams. She is a trustee of The Hawthornden Prize, the oldest of the famous British Literary prizes, which was founded in 1919 by her great aunt Alice Warrender.

A trained Montessori teacher, her previous children’s book, Granny Marmalade and Uncle Tractor, won her glowing praise from reviewers, bookshops, parents and fellow authors.

Her latest publication will be available at Bags of Books, in South Street, Lewes.