Alison Williams works as a teacher who loves to write. In fact, she has done so for as long as she can remember.
For years she has been regaling the children she teaches with pieces of writing which are designed to help them learn about different genres of literature. She grew up in a busy environment in North West London and lived, for many years, in the leafy Greater London suburb of Pinner in Middlesex. She taught at a grammar school in Slough and latterly at a school in the village of Olney, which is close to Milton Keynes. As a mother of four children, she spent many years in libraries - and at home- reading to them, believing the imagination to be one of the most fruitful places in which to live.
Her first book, Whispers from the Past, is aimed specifically at boys aged 10 - 13, who perhaps do not yet engage sufficiently in their reading, preferring the transitory world of the laptop or tablet. Alison's aim is to produce a plethora of stories which will encourage anybody who reads them to want to learn more about the topics raised within them.
Whispers From The Past - Alison Hurley
Dean has just started secondary school and, apart from football, is finding it a bit of a bore. Somehow it's always his name that is on all of his teachers' lips, his name on the report card and his mother who seems to be on first name terms with the Head of Year. Lessons are 'boring' and never manage to maintain his concentration. The only joy he has is meeting with his mates and playing in the school team.
Despatched to his grandparents' house with no phone and no tablet, Dean is bored senseless until something quite inexplicable happens and causes him to question his entire history.