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Illustrated children’s book tells the story of an abandoned campervan

Timothy Bentinck, the actor best known as the voice of David Archer of the Radio 4 serial, The Archers, has turned his hand to children’s fiction with the release of Colin the Campervan, published by Fabulous Books. The book tells the story of Colin, a star-turn campervan as he goes from hero to zero and wants nothing more than to be out on the road. If he can be reunited with his original owner, Andy, then all the better. The books is illustrated by Owen Claxton.

Tim described where the idea came from, “When my two boys, Will and Jasper, were small, we had an old campervan that was cold, rusty, slow and unreliable. I loved it, the boys loved it – my wife, Judy, didn’t. We used to dream of having enough money to turn it into a supercar. In Colin, that wish comes true.”
You can get signed copies directly from the Fabulous Books website and it costs just £5.99.
Less well known are the facts he was born in Tasmania and is 12th Earl of Portland and the 8th Count Bentinck. He is what you might call “multi-faceted” doing all sorts of things – and his wife Judith is a couture milliner based in London and,through marriage, holds the title The Right Hon. Countess of Portland. 

It is by following this blog you pick up on all sorts of entirely irrelevant rubbish that you’ve always wanted to know! For instance, when radio actors kiss, mostly they are kissing the back of their hands. Kind of spoils it?

Christopher Macgowan