Old Truronian Poppy Gamble (nee Roberts) attended Truro School in the 1990s (CO99). Sadly, in January 2019, Poppy tragically passed away from secondary breast cancer aged just 37 leaving behind her husband and two young sons.
Just a few weeks after her death, however, Poppy’s mum – Bridget Roberts – found the manuscript of ‘Magical Journey’, a children’s book that Poppy had written and illustrated when she was just 12 years old.
Bridget Roberts added: “Poppy would be thrilled to think that her wonderful story will now give pleasure to countless children across the UK. She would be equally delighted to know that all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to support Penhaligon’s Friends and Secondary 1st – two charities very close to the hearts of everyone in the family.”
The quality of Poppy’s enchanting work was of such high quality that Black Dog Books immediately accepted it for publication with an agreed launch date of Thursday 14th November 2020.
Douglas Walker of Black Dog Books believes that Magical Journey “is utterly captivating” and that “children will be enthralled by the beauty and simplicity of the language and illustrations.”
After leaving Truro School, Poppy went on to train at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and found early success, critical acclaim, but the charm, magic and magnetism of Cornwall brought her home. She then launched a new career as a businesswoman, founding the distinctively stylish OpiumBoutique in Truro.
Copies of Magical Journey are available for sale in Waterstones of Truro at £7.99. Alternatively, it can be ordered on the Waterstone’s website.