Author’s book a best-seller

Audrey McIlvain, the author of best selling educational books which help children learn English as a second language, pictured with teddy bear Julio, who features in her book Seasons, at home on Esplanade Gardens.     Picture by Andrew Higgins 121514b        10/04/12
Audrey McIlvain, the author of best selling educational books which help children learn English as a second language, pictured with teddy bear Julio, who features in her book Seasons, at home on Esplanade Gardens. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121514b 10/04/12
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A SCARBOROUGH author now has two books in the best-seller list after selling tens of thousands of copies.

Audrey McIlvain, of Esplanade Gardens, South Cliff, writes books for children who are learning English as a second language.

They are distributed worldwide and have been read by children all over Europe, China, Australia, the USA and Canada.

Audrey said she was delighted when she realised that two of the books, Tom’s Cake and Seasons, are now classed as best-sellers in their field in countries around the world.

At the last count, Tom’s Cake had sold 45,748 copies and Seasons had sold 43,574.

They are published by Pearson Education Ltd, a sister company of the globally recognised publishers Penguin.

Audrey said: “It’s quite amazing really. I couldn’t believe it when I found out. It’s really nice to know they’re helping children learn a language.”

Audrey wrote these two books ten years ago and she has also worked on adaptations of children’s classics, such as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, for the same market.

Tom’s Cake is a photo story with simple captions in English and Seasons is an illustrated book, featuring a teddy called Julio who guides the children through the story.

Audrey is involved in the artwork as well as the works, providing the editor with an art brief having sketched out her ideas.

She said: “The idea is that reading should be fun. Many children already know the classics in their own language, which can be a big help.”

Audrey has also recently written a book called “60+? Get Ready to Rock”, which is aimed at encouraging older people to live life to the full.

She draws on her research of good role models, who are flourishing in their 70s and 80s, as well as a wide range of other published research.

The book contains activities and advice to help people make the most of their golden years.

Audrey is semi retired and alongside writing, enjoys doing talks locally.