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Schoolgirls join forces to pen a tribute to Enid Blyton�s famous boarding school series

Published Tuesday 19th of February 2013 10:57:00 AM

This week sees the publication of St. Mallory�s Forever!, a four-author collaboration between 17-year-old student Charley Robson, from Sherborne Girls school in Dorset,
16-year-old Miriam Joy from Bexley Heath, and a best-selling writing partnership of London-based Sarah Griffiths and Africa-based Mark Williams, under the pseudonym Saffina Desforges. The 80,000-word novel has been written and edited entirely by email exchange across two continents (three if you include the American ebook cover designer and the Canadian print-cover designer).
Set in a modern-day girls� private school in Brighton, and described as �Nancy Drewe goes to boarding school�, St. Mallory�s Forever! is a tale of high jinx and derring-do as three very different pupils come together to solve a girls� own mystery.
Says co-author Charley Robson, who is currently studying for her A levels at Sherborne Girls: �I remember finding a whole set of Malory Towers in the spare room when I was 11 and reading one after the other; my only criticism is that they were never long enough! St. Mallory�s Forever! aims to revive the girls� boarding school genre which has been on the verge of dying out. It starts with one of the characters, 14-year-old Helen Shroud, getting the biggest culture shock of her life when she wins a scholarship to a girls� boarding school and meets Abby, who is assigned to look after her. Without giving too much away, a mystery develops involving a suspicious-looking bursar.�
Mark Williams, co-author and professional writer, says: �Charley and Miriam have met only once in real life, and neither Sarah nor I have ever met the girls, yet somehow we have managed, across two continents and between GCSEs and A levels, to produce a really absorbing young adult novel, the first of a series, set in an English girls� boarding school. Charley and Miriam have both been a delight to work with, ever consummate professionals.�
Sherborne Girls headmistress Jenny Dwyer adds: �We are incredibly proud of what Charley has managed to achieve. Charley hopes to study English literature at university after her A levels and go on to be a professional writer one day, so this is just the start she needs to set her on the path to future publishing success.�
St. Mallory�s Forever! paperback is published on February 15 and available through Amazon. It can also be downloaded through Amazon�s Kindle online (priced �1.99), and will shortly be available as an ebook on all major ebook retailers including Apple iTunes, Waterstone�s, Foyles and Tesco .
029 February 2013
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