Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Hannah Russell
Features Writer
11:35 AM 29th September 2017

Only A few Days To Go...

It's now only 6 days to go until Little Alf's memoir is published and the nerves are definitely starting to build, but lots of excitement too!

Alfie has been waking up every morning with his cheeky shoes on! He's been causing so much mischief lately I've had to keep my eye on him 24/7. I think it's because he's excited about his new book or maybe the fact that on the radio they have started to talk about Christmas already (Alf has always loved Christmas).

Yesterday morning I caught him pinching apples from my Dad's orchard where he has been growing them all summer... unfortunately my Dad noticed that a few of the apples have gone missing and I don't think he was too impressed with Alfie's antics!

I try my best not to create mischief with Alfie but whenever we are together we're usually up to no good...

Since it's just 6 days to go until publication I thought this might be a good time to tell you more about the book and answer some questions which I have been asked over the past few weeks...

1. What is the book about?

I suppose this question is pretty simple to answer but if you don't know anything about Little Alf or us then I can understand why you would like to find out more! The Book is about our life from the moment we met to the present day, from getting into lots of trouble and building a business together... There are lots of stories about Alfie's adventures and what life is like living in the Yorkshire Dales!

2. Who is the book aimed at?

This is the confusing part as all of Little Alf's current books are aimed at children aged 6-12 years old, but the new book, his memoir is aimed at teenagers and adults. It is over 75,000 words and is very 'wordy' although there are still lots of pictures of Alfie throughout the book!

3. How long did the book take to write?

My books usually take me around 4-6 months to write but this book has taken just over a year... (Lots of cups of coffee later) Then the book has to go through a process of editing and proof reading which can take a couple of months.

4. Where did you get the idea from to write a memoir about Little Alf?

This question has been asked quite a lot recently! My agency in London thought our story would make a good book and although it felt a little random at first I can now see why it would make a good story and hopefully inspires many!

These are just some of the questions we have been asked in the past few weeks and I can't wait for the book launch next week!