Mike Rouse publishes first children’s novel

Her father’s business has closed down and both parents have become more distracted as they struggle to cope with the new surroundings. Jess has to fend for herself and strikes up unlikely friendships with Old Tom and Mike the Storyteller and more about this strange and remote place she now calls home.

LOCAL historian Mike Rouse has published a new children’s novel inspired by his love of the Cambridgeshire Fens. The book, called Fens End, is his first children’s book and combines his storytelling with local knowledge about the Fendland landscape. 10-year-old Jess is devasted when she is told she has to leave her home and school in Nottingham to live in the Fens. Her father’s business has closed down and both parents become more distracted as they struggle to cope with the new surroundings. Jess has to fend for herself and strikes up unlikely friendships with Old Tom and Mike the Storyteller and more about this strange and remote place she now calls home.

Mike Rouse is the author of 30 books, many of them combining his passion for photography. He was born in Ely and has had a lifelong love of the Fenland landscape and its history. Since working with groups of children at Ely Museum he has wanted to tell tell the Fenland history in the form of a story.

Fens End is available at Burrows Bookshop in Ely.