Andrew Beattie, who has worked at Eltham College since 1992, and is currently the school archivist and editor of Elthamian magazine alongside being a contributor to the Oxbridge and Scholarship programmes, has recently had a children’s book published.
Entitled The Secret in the Tower, the book is a work of historical fiction for children aged 10-12 and is set in late medieval London during the last days of the reign of Richard III.
Andrew has written a number of stage plays for children that have been performed by schools and youth theatre groups in this country, the United States and Australia, including Arthur: Boy King of Britain, which was performed by St Albans School in their open-air theatre last July. However The Secret in the Tower is his first children’s book.
He has already taken part in an event organized by the National Literacy Trust and the publishers Penguin Random House at a primary school in East London where he spoke to Year Six pupils about the book and grave readings from it, as well as speaking about the importance of school libraries.
The book is published by Sweet Cherry Publishing available in paperback and ebook format and also in stock at the Beckenham Bookshop on Beckenham High Street. The senior school library has a number of copies that pupils can borrow.