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Author’s book launch ‘just the most wonderful event’

Published: 16 Aug 2014 09:300 comments

AN ENGLISH teacher turned author has set her sights on becoming a household name.

Cover story: Virginia Macgregor at her book launch in Waterstones Reading branch.

Virginia Macgregor launched her first novel What Milo Saw at Waterstone's, in Broad Street, Reading, having started writing less than a year ago.

The 33-year-old from Shinfield, who teaches at Wellington College in Crowthorne, feels last month’s launch at the Reading store was as important as her wedding and the day her daughter Tennessee was born.

She said: “It was just the most wonderful event. It was one of the most important nights of my life.

“It was very special to hold the book in my hands and watch people leave with one tucked under their arm. It’s a dream come true.

“There’s no greater privilege than knowing someone is spending time with your book – it’s a real honour.”

The novel tells the story of how Milo, a nine-year-old boy with a deteriorating eye condition, notices something going wrong at his grandmother’s new care home. It has been likened to Mark Haddon’s book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Mrs Macgregor, who met her husband Hugh at the college, added she was keen to highlight the standards of elderly provision in this country.

She said: “Milo can see through only a pinhole, but picks up things other people don’t. I think I’ve taken that from working with young people. People have such an interesting way of looking at the world.

“I grew interested in the ageing population that we have in this country and when the nursing homes crisis came into the news I felt somebody needed to write about it.”

What Milo Saw is available from Waterstone's, Amazon and various shops costing £14.99.

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