Teacher turns to work of fiction

Photographed is Christine Fenge, with two year 11 pupils Lydia Gaftarnik (left) and Emma Grahame in her classroom at Leeds Grammar School with copies of her book.
Photographed is Christine Fenge, with two year 11 pupils Lydia Gaftarnik (left) and Emma Grahame in her classroom at Leeds Grammar School with copies of her book.

A Tadcaster teacher has turned author in a bid to connect with an international young audience.

Christine Fenge, who has taught English at the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), has launched her Yorkshire gritty story The Salamander Stone.

She said: “It’s all too easy nowadays to be entertained at the casual click of a mouse, but with so many fascinating settings around us here in Yorkshire I had more than enough material for a dark, fast-paced, thriller-cum-fantasy novel that should appeal to the mature teenager.”

The book’s storyline, around teenage heroine Amber Brigantia, features local landmarks like the prehistoric Thornborough Henges, near Ripon, and other locations such as Tadcaster and Aberford.

In a world desperate for cheap sources of energy, Amber holds the key to a mysterious earth-power called Vril.

The paperback, published by Champagne Books, will be available from Amazon in July and is on sale now as an ebook.