Great Bourton children’s book author Lawrence Prestidge has released his latest book dedicated to college friend Tom McCall who died last year.
‘Can Such Things Be?” is a collection of at times funny and sometimes revolting rhymes aimed at readers between seven and 11 years of age.
From a magpie with a love of all things poop to the ghost of William Shakespeare, the book mirrors the sense of humour Lawrence and Tom shared.
Lawrence said: “This was the most fun I’ve had writing a book. As I was writing it I knew straight away I had to dedicate this book to Tom.
“It was his exact humour, well as much of it as you could get away with putting in a children’s book.
“He was a great friend and I’ll always remember the laughs we shared together.”
Tom’s mother, Margaret, said: “We are honoured that Lawrence has dedicated this book in memory of our son Tom we are thrilled as his books are a marvellous inspiration to children and Tom will be so proud.”
The book also features an illustration of Tom adorning the back cover by Lawrence’s creative collaborator G Williams.
This is the fourth book from the author and marks a departure from his critically acclaimed illustrated short novels, all of which are available on Amazon.