Clenchwarton pensioner, 87, publishes debut novel

Marjorie Bocking from Clenchwarton with her new book Oliver's Gift. ANL-151028-195030009

Marjorie Bocking from Clenchwarton with her new book Oliver's Gift. ANL-151028-195030009

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A great-grandmother is proving that it is never too late to fulfill your dreams after publishing her first novel at the age of 87.

Marjorie Bocking has always loved writing but is now finally able to see her words in print following the publication of Oliver’s Gift.

The historical romance filled with intrigue and suspense can now be bought from Lynn bookshops.

But not one to let the grass grow under her feet, Mrs Bocking has already started on a new novel.

She said: “I have always loved writing and I thought it would be nice to leave my name behind when I go. I don’t know how many years I have left and my mother lived to be 92.

“It has always been an ambition to have a book printed.

“I have written things for years, ever since I learned to write, but I thought I would have a go at getting it printed.

“It is lovely to see it printed. I could have cried when I saw the cover for the first time.”

Mrs Bocking’s story centres around Kate, an Australian woman who finds love on a trip to Norfolk.

But she uncovers a mystery from the Civil War as she learns more about her family history and the book promises to be a real page turner.

Mrs Bocking wrote the story some years ago and had stored it away in a drawer.

But last February, a friend got in touch with a publisher to get Oliver’s Gift published.

She said: “I really enjoyed writing it but once I get going I can never stop.

“I don’t type so I write it down with pen and paper.

“I have always had a good imagination. I used to play a game with my brother where I would make up stories from something he had said.”

Mrs Bocking moved to Terrington St Clement when she was 11-years-old after her grandmother refused to let her return to her home Potterham, near the Norfolk Broads, following the creation of an airfield during the Second World War.

She later married Ralph, who died several years ago, and moved to Clenchwarton.

The couple went onto have daughter Valerie, who also lives in Clenchwarton.

Mrs Bocking, who had worked at D’Arden Fabrics in Norfolk Street for more than 20 years, has two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.

In the past Mrs Bocking has written village pantomimes.

Oliver’s Gift costs £6.99 and can be ordered at Waterstone’s or W H Smiths.

Alternatively Mrs Bocking also has 30 copies to sell.