Real life rabbit rescue inspired Mendham resident’s first children’s book

Keshar Whitelock with her first book, Dara - the wild rabbit that lived with humans. ANL-160517-153830001

Keshar Whitelock with her first book, Dara - the wild rabbit that lived with humans. ANL-160517-153830001

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A real-life rabbit rescue has inspired a Mendham resident to pen her first ever book.

Keshar Whitelock has written Dara — the wild rabbit that lived with humans, her first foray into the world of fiction.

It is really about this little rabbit’s life journey and how it ends up

Keshar Whitelock

Ms Whitelock, who said she is “passionate” about animals, said the idea of the children’s book first came to her after rescuing a tiny rabbit last spring from a ditch, hand-rearing it on the way to its recovery.

“Everything is told from the rabbit’s point of view, animals talk to animals, and there are lots of animals in it who speak,” she said.

“It is really about this little rabbit’s life journey and how it ends up.

“On its journey it does make attachments, and there is separations, and some of the attachments it makes are quite unexpected.

“It’s educational, it has some humour in it, and there are some sad bits in it as well, but it does have a happy ending.”

Humans are featured in the book but do not have genders — in a bid to keep the emphasis on the animals.

The book, illustrated by fellow villager and well-known artist Dee Nickerson, was released in March and Ms Whitelock said feedback so far had been positive.

Ms Whitelock, who said she has always liked writing and penned the book over a near nine-month period, was previously employed as a social worker, having to compile long reports, and is also a singer/songwriter.

n The book is priced at £9.99 and is available from Diss Publishing, Shorelands Wildlife Gardens (Dicklebugh), Metfield Village Stores, Robinson’s Traditional Stationers (Harleston),Halesworth Bookshop, and Focus Organic (Halesworth),

n It is also available fpr download for Amazon Kindle for £2.08

n Or to order a copy, email Ms Whitelock at kesharwhitelock@yahoo.co.uk