AN author has been inspired to write a book about her adventures in South Africa over the last five decades.

Jean Eaton, of Porthleven Crescent, Astley, has released her book, called The Fractured Halo, which is a collection of short stories and poems with roots to the country she has travelling to on numerous occasions since she first lived there in the 1960s and 70s.

The grandmother-of-three will be sharing the proceeds from the book between The Christie Cancer Centre in Manchester and an advice and care centre she has volunteered for in Port Elizabeth called Emmanuel.

The centre has been supported by the Rotary Club of Astley to help them with their work.

Former Leigh Grammar Girls School student Jean said: “I have seen a lot of changes in South Africa since I first went there.

“It is a country that I have a lot of good memories from and enjoy going back to.”

Jean, who is a retired health visitor, joined a writers’ group six years ago before completing an open university course in creative writing in 2015.

A year later, won an award from the National Association of Writers Group for a memoir she published.

She added: “I have always enjoyed writing.

“All my family, friends, and the group members have been supportive of my book and hopefully it can raise as much money as possible for charity.”

Jean’s book is available to purchase online.

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