Shropshire writer Christina Graham has written the novel entitled ‘Reiver’, in memory of her husband Robert, and the book has gone on sale to raise funds for Severn Hospice, which cared for Robert before he passed away in 2006, aged 45. The book tells the story of Resa and Reiver who live a happy life with their three children, until one day, the smell of wild garlic changes everything. The humorous biography uses letters and school reports written by Reiver (Robert), along with the narrative voice of Resa (Christina) to tell a story spanning the couple’s life together, from when they first met at university to their family life in Shropshire.
Christina said, “I wrote our story because I wanted to give something back to Severn Hospice for all the help we received as a family. All the events in the book actually happened, Robert was a very funny man and I think the book captures his humour, as well as the reality of living with a debilitating illness. He taught chemistry at Wrekin College before becoming a Housemaster, which he adored, and I hope the story conveys the wonderful relationship he had both with his family and his pupils.” All proceeds will be donated to Severn Hospice, for more information and stockists please see severnhospice.org.uk or call 01952 221351.
One of the most picturesque off-road running events in Shropshire is set to make a welcome return on 18 September at Severn Valley Country Park