Local author publishes book about Ely, eels and ducks

Ely author Karen Merrison, holding her new book, and Tracey Harding, tourism, town centres and event

Ely author Karen Merrison, holding her new book, and Tracey Harding, tourism, town centres and events manager for Visit Ely. PHOTO: Visit Ely. - Credit: Archant

An Ely author has published a children’s book all about the city, eels and ducks.

‘Muscovy and Eeli Explore Ely’ is Karen Merrison’s first book but she already has plans to release a second in the series by the end of the year.

The illustrated story, which includes local places, people, animals and myths, is aimed at educating children about Ely and the surrounding area.

Karen said: “I love Ely and I wanted to write something for young children which would help teach them about our lovely city.

“As an animal lover, I chose to use Muscovy Duck and Eeli the Eel as my main characters to portray some of the wonderful things we have in Ely through their eyes.”


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Tracey Harding, manager at Visit Ely, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Karen on her book over the past year.

“We are delighted that it highlights our great city and in particular involves an eel as one of the main characters.”

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Copie are available at the Gift Shop at Ely Tourist Information Centre priced at £4.99.

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