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Husband and wife release new books with references to King's Lynn school in one

A husband and wife who hail from West Norfolk have both released new books with references to Lynn in one of them.

Will Stebbings, 71, has recently had his fifth book published and fourth on the fictitious character Mark Barker.

The book includes references to Mr Stebbings own experiences at the former boys grammar school at King Edward VII Academy as well as regular visits to Lynn.

Will and Yvonne Stebbings with their new books. Picture: SUBMITTED
Will and Yvonne Stebbings with their new books. Picture: SUBMITTED

In one scene, Mark Barker takes his girlfriend for a romantic walks across the bypass before a high speed chase takes place through Gaywood up the bypass.

Mr Stebbings, who now lives in Ketton, Rutland, said: “It really appeals to people who remember the 1960s and 70s. There is some nostalgia from that period with the fashion and cars.

“I went to the KES grammar school and it is based on a lot of my experiences without intending to be autobiographical or 100 per cent accurate.

“School in those days was as much about discipline as education including caning and detention. In the book Mark has just passed the eleven-plus.”

Meanwhile, Yvonne, 64, had her first children’s book Silverfin published at the end of the September in collaboration with illustrator Theresa Payne.

The book is aimed at those up to the age of five and is a tale of a goldfish’s adventures in a pond.

Mrs Stebbings works at a pre-school and had decided to try her hand at writing her own book after reading many others to children at the school.

On his wife’s first publication, Mr Stebbings said: “These little stories are charming and it only goes back 24 pages so it is designed for the attention span of a young child.”

Mr Stebbing’s new book Completely Off The Mark can be purchased in bookshops and on Amazon, which includes a Kindle edition. It is 279 pages long.

Mrs Stebbing’s Silverfin paperback book can only be purchased on Amazon.

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