The Creaking Tree

A local graphic designer has written and published a debut novel which is now available to buy. Paul Johnson, from Tur Langton, has been running a design agency since 1996. He has decided to turn his hand to writing a book, which he began during the Covid lockdown of 2021. Published under his pen name, Ben George Johnson, the book, called The Creaking Tree, is described as a light-hearted fantasy adventure for all the family. Initial reviews have been extremely positive, as the author explains… “I have been amazed by the number of people that have given me such positive feedback about the book already. I am a first-time writer with no experience in the field whatsoever so to receive such praise is both humbling and exciting. I wanted to create a story that makes people happy, one that is free of nastiness and full of optimism and hope. I have always had a wild imagination and this has really helped me create the wonderful characters and storyline.”

The storyline

The book centres around a paralysed girl called Molly, who, with her father, Joe, unearths a magical amulet in a field one day whilst walking their dog. The curious find leads them to the historic Fosseborough Castle and a meeting with friendly earl and a telepathic bird of prey. A quest to find the mythical Creaking Tree ensues, where the father and daughter encounter some eccentric allies – both human and animal – along the way. These include a young pickpocket called Fluke, a temperamental racehorse called Vandalise and a depressed elephant named Theodore.

If you’d like to purchase you own signed copy of the novel, please head over to the website where you can place an order. Currently there is a launch offer available where the first 100 orders will also receive a free, high-quality bookmark designed by the author. An official launch competition will be released on Instagram soon, and you can follow the author here using the hashtag #thecreakingtree.