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Downham Market girl puts pen to paper for second novel, aged just 9





A young girl from Downham is celebrating after seeing her second literary work published, aged just nine years old.

Lucy Rowe, a pupil at Hillcrest Primary School, has taken after her mum Jane Rowe, who herself has written a number of novels.

Lucy Rowe (9) and mum Jane Rowe at Downham Market, showing books, Lucy has just published her second book.. (3481133)
Lucy Rowe (9) and mum Jane Rowe at Downham Market, showing books, Lucy has just published her second book.. (3481133)

The children’s book, called The Magic Cats, is the second in a series named The Flying Cats and also includes illustrations she has created herself.

Jane said: “The ideas were all hers, I just checked it for things like spelling and punctuation.”

Lucy Rowe (9).Lucy has just published her second book The Magic Cats. (3481140)
Lucy Rowe (9).Lucy has just published her second book The Magic Cats. (3481140)

She added: “I think she’s very talented, she’s got a very good imagination and she’s very driven.”

Jane starting writing novels about five years ago, during a period of mental health problems.

Her debut book, the Desolation of Silence, was published on Amazon’s online Kindle store in June 2016.

Speaking to the Lynn News at the time, Jane said: “What inspired me to write my book was my own struggle with post-natal depression, the troubles surrounding this, finally coming to terms with growing in strength, and finding myself, when I thought I was lost.”

It was after this, Jane said, that her daughter Lucy decided that she too would give creative writing a go.

The outcome of this was her first book, The Flying Cat, which was published on Amazon in March last year, when Lucy was just seven.

The Magic Cats was published in June, just days before Lucy’s ninth birthday.



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