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Author’s Story Proves Fascinating For Year 7

An author brought books to life with a visit to Kettering Science Academy.

Irfan Master, who has recently been short-listed for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, talked to Year 7 students about his book A Beautiful Lie.

It is set at the time of the Partition of India and tells the story of a young boy who tries to protect his father from the extent of the devastation around them.

Irfan, who travelled to India to research his book, spoke to students about the inspiration for his book - his father is from Gujaret where the novel is set - and how it came into fruition.

KSA's Librarian Juliet Walsh said: "The subject of his novel is not really one that's been touched on in children's fiction so our students also found out about the historical backdrop that it's set against.

"It was a chance for them to meet a real-life author and find out what inspired him to start writing.

"It really brings books to life and we're hoping to get more authors in, along with workshops for students to develop their own writing skills."