Rugby author beats dyslexia to publish book for children

Pauline Mallard is enjoying success with her first published children's book, at the age of 67.
Pauline Mallard is enjoying success with her first published children's book, at the age of 67.

A dyslexic author has overcome all the odds to release her first children’s book.

Pauline Mallard, 67, lives in the Overslade area of Rugby and is a former warehouse operative for DHL.

She started writing stories just four years ago and says she has managed to get this first tale published without the help of a literary agent.

And Pauline added that she feels an even greater sense of accomplishment by overcoming the hurdles that dyslexia throws in her path.

She said: “Dyslexia does affect me because I really have to concentrate on what I’m doing - I am usually much better with numbers than I am with words!

“I don’t let it stop me though. I never have let it stop me. You just have to get on with life.”

The book, titled The Amazing Adventure Begins, is a magical tale about field animals and is aimed at three to eight year olds.

When asked what influenced the story, she said: “I just woke up one morning not feeling well and I had this story come into my mind so I wrote it down.

“I now have more stories written down which are hopefully in the running to be published too. It’s all very exciting.

“The lady who illustrates the book is called Carol Gordon and she lives in Bilton, so the book is a very local effort which is nice.

“It’s lovely to see the published book. I still can’t believe it!”

Pauline’s book costs £6.99 and is available to buy in shops and online. You can order a copy from www.amazon.co.uk