Children's Black Country Christmas book

Two authors have produced a new Christmas book for children which is written in Black Country dialect – with a translation for those who can't understand.

Tim Vincent and Gordon Fanthom's latest book, Glastonbury and Festive Time Fettlers, is the latest in their series of books about a 'posh' elderly cat who settles in the Black Country and joins the locals in various capers.

Gordon, a mechanic who lives in Swindon, near Dudley, said it was the fifth book in the Glastonbury Tales series, which tell the story of how Glastonbury finds himself in the Black Country, where he is befriended by a 'grease monkey' and a younger cat called Bone.

"They teach Glastonbury the strange new customs and language of the Black Country," he says.

In the new book, Glastonbury and Bone track down the grease monkey's 'clocking off early' clock, which is stolen by Scope Yed Muggins, the mischievous rival cat who frequently gets them into scrapes.

The book features a number of local landmarks, including Dudley Hippodrome, Sedgley Beacon and Baggeridge chimney stack.

The books are available on Amazon in both paperback and for Kindle.

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