Thrill for ex-teaching assistant Joan as her ‘cosy fiction’ hits Dunstable shelves

Local author Evelyn Harrison is delighted to be published
Local author Evelyn Harrison is delighted to be published
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A former teaching assistant at a Dunstable middle school is rolling ahead with an exciting new career as an author after taking redundancy.

Joan Narracott worked as a mid-day supervisor at Ashton Road Middle School for nearly 20 years before being made redundant on July 17.

To mark a new chapter in her life, Joan, 65, used her redundancy to announce she is now a local author writing under the pseudonym of Evelyn Harrison.

Joan coined the pseudonym to keep her writing secret from the pupils at the school.

Her first book, All for the Love of Josie, was published by Raven Crest Books in February this year and second book, A Troubled Soul, was published in June. She is now working on her third novel.

Joan said: “I feel blessed to have had books published at my age and I hope I can help inspire anyone else who has such dreams.”

Describing her books as “cosy fiction”, she said: “They are adult books with adult themes.”

Shirley Hollis, Ashton Middle School head teacher, said: “Joan is a lady of many talents, she has always enjoyed helping and supporting the students and has now found success in another of her passions, as an author. We wish her every success.”

Joan’s books are available in two shops in Dunstable, The Priory Garden Tea Rooms and Barnet Fayre Hairdressers, in Queensway, as well as online retailers.