Former expat launches debut children’s novel in Lancaster

Danny Rurlander
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A new children’s book set in the Lake District by Lancaster based author Danny Rurlander has been launched at Waterstones in the city.

His debut novel Spylark, descibed as “a confident and exciting debut novel about brave kids and a bunch of homemade drones”, is an action-adventure thriller aimed at children aged nine and over.

Skylark by Danny Rurlander

The 46-year-old married father of four grew up in Kendal but now lives in Lancaster. After studying English Literature at the University of East Anglia, Danny worked in the finance sector for several years, and now serves on the staff team of a multi-cultural, city-centre church. 

While at University Danny spent two years learning to fly with the RAF, as an officer cadet in the Cambridge University Air Squadron and has lived in Austria, Kenya, Devon and Australia. But the pull of his native Lake District proved to strong and he eventually returned to where he grew up exploring the fells and camping on islands.

The book will be released nationally on 1 August and can be pre-ordered from bookshops now, including Amazon, WH Smith, Foyles, Waterstones, as well as a number of independent bookshops in Cumbria and Lancashire.

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