Tales of a tail were inspired in Skegness

Victoria with a copy of her book.
Victoria with a copy of her book.

A childhood spent in Skegness set the foundations for a love of animals that has led to a series of books being written for charity by carer and author Victoria Harwood.

The 36-year-old from Nottinghamshire, whose grandmother has a caravan in Skegness, has written a book about an imaginary animal and how he interacts with other species he meets on his life journey.

The first book in the series, Bush Hog Tails, tells the story of a hedgehog-type creature with metal spikes who befriends a cat called Fluffy that initially wants to eat him until she learns what a good friend he can be.

Several celebrities have signed two copies of the book to be auctioned on eBay for the charity Our Disappearing Planet with all proceeds going to the cause. 50p of every unsigned copy goes to charity too.

“One book is signed by actors Pam Rose, Terence Manton, and Ken Coombes. The other is signed by John Chapman, Derek Hagon, Liza Ross and Martin Ballantyne,” Victoria said.

“Former S Club 7 member and actress Hannah Spearitt actually requested a copy of the book, and I recently got a copy signed by Nick Baker, a wildlife programe presenter, after I wrote to him.”

Victoria spent childhood holidays at Roseberry House on Roseberry Avenue when she was about 8-years-old and it was there that her love for nature, wildlife and animals took root.

Bush Hog Tails can be found on eBay at http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BUSH-HOG-TAILS-A-VERY-BUSHY-TALE-by-Victoria-Harwood-Signed-By-Author-/261351731419.