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Haverhill author David Charles Howden’s book, A Cottingley Christmas - a Tooth Bearer Tale, wins Golden Wizard Book prize





A children’s adventure novel by a Haverhill author has won a national award.

A Cottingley Christmas - A Tooth Bearer Tale, by David Charles Howden, has won The Golden Wizard Book Prize award 2024 in the eight plus category.

The author, who started writing novels for children in 2018, said: “A Cottingley Christmas concerns my grandmother's return from Canada following the death of her uncle during WWI, and how she was able to cope with her grief, aided by a sprinkling of fairy magic.

David Charles Howden with the Golden Wizard Book Prize 2024 and the book that won his the accolade, A Cottingley Christmas - A Tooth Bearer's Tale. Contributed picture
David Charles Howden with the Golden Wizard Book Prize 2024 and the book that won his the accolade, A Cottingley Christmas - A Tooth Bearer's Tale. Contributed picture

“I have always been interested in the Cottingley fairy hoax of 1917 and my books feature this event, but from the unusual viewpoint of the fairies.

“I wanted to write this book because I had recently lost my dad to cancer, and writing and illustrating helped me with the difficult journey.

“Similarly, I hope it can be of help to others on the same road.

Edna with Coal Shade is another of David Charles Howden's illustrations.Submitted image
Edna with Coal Shade is another of David Charles Howden's illustrations.Submitted image

“So, you can understand how thrilled I was when the book won a literary award.”

All his books are available on Amazon or from bookshops.

David’s also has a website - tailoredhatpublishing.co.uk - that features his drawings and other information.

A gremlin face, one of the illustrations in the award winning book by David Charles Howden.Contributed image
A gremlin face, one of the illustrations in the award winning book by David Charles Howden.Contributed image

All of the 2024 winners will go on to compete for the book of the year, which David said he is “very excited about”.