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Bristol graduate’s bid for Christmas bestseller

29 November 2010

A Bristol maths graduate has launched a campaign to take his self-published children’s book The Snow Sheep to the Christmas number one spot and raise money for charity in the process.

The Snow Sheep is part of the Farmer Tim collection of stories written by Tim Lerwill (BSc 1995) who, by day, is an accountant at Bath firm Richardson Groves. In his spare time he has carved out a career writing children’s stories inspired by his childhood memories of growing up on a farm in North Devon.

The book has already sold nationally and internationally and Tim is now aiming to sell enough to be named the Christmas bestseller for 2010. Thirty per cent of his net sales proceeds will be donated equally between three children’s charities: the NSPCC, CLIC Sargent and Save the Children.

Tim said: ‘In the same way that music fans became frustrated with the X Factor Christmas monopoly and took Rage Against the Machine to the top of the charts last year, I think the book-buying public is fairly uninspired by the endless round of celebrity autobiographies and recipe collections which seem to dominate the lists of best-selling Christmas books. Wouldn’t it be great if a beautifully illustrated and imaginative story by a self-published, previously unknown author could trump them all and raise money for some great charities at the same time?’

There are currently two stories in the Farmer Tim range, with a third due to be published in early 2011. Aimed at children aged 3-7 years, they are illustrated by Kelly Dyson and content is independently reviewed by a children’s literature specialist to ensure educational value is enhanced.

The Snow Sheep can be bought in all major bookshops online and in selected Waterstone’s stores. The ISBN reference is 978-0-9562565-0-8.

To support Tim’s campaign you can join his Facebook group or follow him on Twitter.