Book deal boost for ex-Gazette reporter

GETTING PIGGY WITH IT ... former Shields Gazette reporter Barbara Henderson, alias Bea Davenport. Inset, her debut novel.

GETTING PIGGY WITH IT ... former Shields Gazette reporter Barbara Henderson, alias Bea Davenport. Inset, her debut novel.

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A FORMER Shields Gazette reporter has had her second crime novel picked up by a publisher.

Barbara Henderson’s latest book, This Little Piggy, will hit bookshop shelves in October.

Bea Davenport's novel In Too Deep.

Bea Davenport's novel In Too Deep.

Its planned publication, under the pen name of Bea Davenport, follows the success of her debut novel, In Too Deep.

The mum of three, who worked for the Gazette in 1985, said she was delighted that London’s Legend Press has decided to publish her book.

Barbara said: “It’s a tough world out there at the minute when you’re trying to get books published in the traditional sense.

“There is the option to self-publish, but the affirmation of someone else wanting to invest in your book really is a big thing.”

This Little Piggy is set in the summer of 1984, with the national miners’ strike forming a sub-plot.

It revolves around the death of a baby, and the central character is a journalist following the story.

Barbara, who lives in Berwick, Northumberland, said: “I think working as a journalist definitely plays a part in my writing.

“Some people ask me if it’s me and think it’s a story I’ve covered at some point.

“The way journalists are portrayed in TVs and films is definitely something I’ve always cared about.

“They always come off as uncaring and unfeeling people. Although I have met a couple like that, most of them are well-intentioned people who just want to get the story out to the public.

“Having had that job definitely helps with my writing.

“I wanted the journalist to come off as the good guy for once.”

Barbara also has her first children’s book coming out this year.

The Serpent House, published by Curious Fox, hits shops in June.

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