WIN!: Author writes novel set in the Fens - and we've got two copies to give away

A NOVEL based around the time the Fens were drained more than 300 years ago is set to hit the bookshelves – and we have two copies to give away. Companion To Owls has been written by Suffolk author Tessa West and follows the tale of a Huguenot fam

A NOVEL based around the time the Fens were drained more than 300 years ago is set to hit the bookshelves - and we have two copies to give away.

Companion To Owls has been written by Suffolk author Tessa West and follows the tale of a Huguenot family which moves to the Fens to help drain thousands of acres of land in the 17th century.

Mrs West, from Sudbury, said: "I found the Fens an ideal place to write about - it is the third book I have written and they are all about waterscapes in East Anglia."

The novel centres on a family, the Deschamps, whose steady life is interrupted by the arrival of Scottish prisoners of war to help drain the Fens.


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Their arrival leads to a love made complicated by a death, sabotage, jealousy and a young girl's risky relationship.

Mrs West said: "Writing the book has meant plenty of exploring in the Fens - it took me about a year and I've loved doing it."

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Companion To Owls, published by Fox Books, costs £7.99 and can be ordered through bookshops. It is also available from Amazon.

For your chance to win a copy of the book, answer this question:

What is the name of Tessa West's new book?

Send your answer, complete with name, address and daytime contact number to Companion To Owls Competition, Cambs Times/Wisbech Standard, 51 High Street, March, PE15 9JJ, to arrive no later than noon on Friday, October 31.

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