A SCARBOROUGH teacher has had her first book published.
Felicity Davis, an English teacher at George Pindar Community College, wrote Guard a Silver Sixpence in a bid to understand her own childhood experiences.
She will launch the book on Friday and has given an open invitation to members of the public to attend. She also featured recently on BBC Radio York, and completed her first book signing.
Felicity was one of the five national finalists in the 2009 Barbara Taylor Bradford Woman of Substance Awards, recognising women who have become high achievers against the odds. In the deeply personal account, Felicity tells how after being beaten by her nan and seeing her mum being beaten too, she ran away from school at 15.
At 36 she found herself alone and lost as a single mother of three, before she turned her life around and became a teacher.
In an effort to understand why her nan abused her, she began researching her family history and uncovered a corrosive secret.
In 1903, her great grandmother was hung for the murder of her violent husband and the notorious case brought shame on the orphaned children, casting a shadow on future generations of the family.
Her publisher said: “Guard a Silver Sixpence is a motivational story which charts one woman’s determination to put her life back on track through sheer guts and hard work and a willingness to accept that the only way out of her situation was to pick up the education that she walked away from at a very young age.”
Anyone who wishes to attend the book launch at George Pindar Community College should contact Debbie Simpson on 01723 582194.
The event will start on Friday at 6pm.