A WIRRAL author has published his first first full children's novel just in time for Christmas.

Charlie Lea, principal of Read Now Write Now, has written Great Grisly Hall a supernatural action tale for youngsters aged 10 and over.

The novel tells the story of an 11-year-old girl Primula Percy who is not allowed to leave her tiny village of Little Grisly.

One day Primula meets three new children and not long afterwards they leave the village to explore and stumble upon Great Grisly Hall.

Unseen by Primula there are residents lurking within Great Grisly Hall and they are not too keen on her. A long-lost family member explains the significance of the hall to Primula's family and its curse.

Primula is then tasked with breaking the curse - will she do it?

Charlie told the Globe: "I am delighted that my first full novel has been published.

"It has taken over a year to write and edit and I hope everyone enjoys it. I have been helped, along the way, by a lot of the children who come to my writing workshops across Wirral and a few of them have characters named after them.

"I have always loved being a little bit scared and I know from working with children that a lot of them do too.

"I will be going around many schools in Wirral holding story telling assemblies over the next few weeks and will also be talking about the book at West Kirby Library on Saturday, December 15 at 2pm."

Great Grisly Hall is available to buy on Amazon via https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Grisly-Hall-Charles-Lea/dp/1731570767/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544092916&sr=1-1&keywords=great+grisly+hall