Roger Harvey’s rip-roaring kids’ adventure set in the beautiful Northumbrian coast promises classic seaside fun–with a romantic twist.

The long-established writer–who enjoyed early success with another children’s story Percy the Pigeon–returns to the genre in classic Twentieth-Century style: good clean fun in a pre-electronic age when school shirts were grey, motorbikes had sidecars, and the Summer holidays meant long sunny weeks filled with excitement.

“But of course there’s a twist,” explains Roger with a smile. “Lucy and Sam, the children on holiday in Albatross Bay, soon have to deal with grown-up passions as well as the wind and weather. While they have fun and adventures, they also sort out some adults’ problems and bring about a happy ending to a romantic love story that is also going on in the book. They see through grown-up silliness and bigotry and do the right thing–which adults are not always good at doing. I wanted to write a story to show that, but also to set a children’s adventure with a hint of mystery and romance in an era of innocence that adults could appreciate: so there are no computers, mobiles, street violence, drugs, tacky TV shows, or any of the horrors that can bedevil a Twenty-First-Century childhood. Albatross Bay lies somewhere in a nostalgic limbo of the not-too-distant past which might never have actually existed, but I suspect lots of people will enjoy the escapism of going there.”

The Albatross Bay of the title is a real location: the author’s beloved Embleton beach in Northumberland.

“I have known this wonderful area all my life,” explains Roger, “and I set another book in the same place: a very different novel called A Woman who Lives by the Sea. There are endless possibilities for stories on this beautiful and romantic coast. The little houses in the dunes, the island with its rocky causeway, the lake with its nesting birds and the local inn all appear in Albatross Bay as themselves. There is a touch of the sublime in this story; it comes from the mystrical beauty of the actual place. If readers want to search out the real locations they’ll find their own magic and happiness beside the sea.”

There is also a real Lucy and a real Sam whose names Roger ‘borrowed’ for his characters in the book.

“I hope they like it. Young readers are always the most demanding and critical. These two might tell their friends they are in a book, or shrivel up with embarrassment, but as long as they enjoy something in the story and don’t hold it against me in years to come I’ll be happy.”

Albatross Bay, ISBN 9781849238496, is published by New Generation and is available at Aazon UK or via bookshop orders.