Young girl publishes story about her secret garden

Amy Purvis with the book about her secret garden.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Amy Purvis with the book about her secret garden.'Picture by Jane Coltman

An imaginative six-year-old girl has created and published an enchanting story about her magical make-believe journey through a beautiful garden, to help raise money for sick and injured children.

Amy Jane Purvis has written My Secret Garden, which is a heartwarming adventure featuring an array of talking animals, including a robin, a frog and a badger.

And the selfless youngster, from Titlington Hall Farm, near Bolton, has decided to give the proceeds from her work to The Great North Children’s Hospital at the RVI in Newcastle.

Amy, who has a twin brother Edward, is delighted with the book. The youngster, a pupil at St Paul’s RCVA First School, in Alnwick, said: “I had the best time chatting to the animals in my secret garden.”

In the book, Amy stumbles across the secret garden while she is out on her bike.

The tranquil haven is full of ‘lovely flowers and very pretty butterflies’ and Amy befriends a number of creatures.

The book is beautifully illustrated by family friend and photographer Laura Jayne Hardy, from Glanton. The idea for the story came on the back of a photo shoot involving Amy and Laura.

Amy’s proud mother, Sarah, said: “Laura was doing a project for university where she had to design a front cover for the well-known book, The Secret Garden. She asked if she could use Amy as a model and she took a load of pictures.

“There were more pictures than she needed so we suggested to Amy that she write a book and use some of the pictures in it. Amy dictated the story and my mum and myself typed it up for her. It was all her own words and it is a tremendous effort. Amy is really pleased with it.”

The book is priced £5. To buy one or to make a donation to support Amy’s cause, contact the family via post at Titlington Hall Farm, Alnwick, NE66 2EB or send an email to
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