11 June 2014
Raising funds for wildlife, a new book published in aid of the Dorset Wildlife Trust: The Battle of Binthrop by Jenny Billett
Jenny was a local singer and artist working in stained glass and other media. She spent her childhood in West Dorset and was educated in Dorchester. She sang and wrote folk songs and was a part of the Bridport folk scene in the 1990s. She sang with Mitch Norman, the Madrigals and Show of Hands.
Jenny died aged 25 years in 1994 attempting to rescue a stranded sheep from the cliff top at Thorncombe Beacon, near Bridport. This manuscript was found in her belongings after her death and is published posthumously for The Bridport Press by www.feedaread.com
Jenny had an affinity with children and worked as a nanny for several years. In her spare time she walked in the countryside where she pursued her interest in nature and wildlife. She lived near Bridport in West Dorset where she had a studio.
The story centres on a young orphan called Oliver Gershwin, known as Olig, who is invited to spend his holiday with Lord Winterbottom in his manor house in West Dorset. There is a mysterious west wing and Olig’s whole life is changed forever, as his enthusiasm for books leads him to real life adventure. He encounters strange, evil creatures and terrifying events in the distant land of Binthrop.
The book will be launched on: Saturday 21st June 2014 11am to 1pm at the Bridport Arts Centre.
Margery Hookings, who founded The Bridport Press to publish books written about the local area, said: “When Jenny’s mother, Helen, showed me The Battle of Binthrop, I thought it was enchanting. I was more than pleased when she asked if she could publish it under The Bridport Press banner.
“It’s a lovely story and Helen has done a great job in getting it published.”
The book, which is priced at £5.99, will also be available from www.feedaread.com