Mystery children’s author in Holbeach

PAPERBACK WRITER: Jenson Darlow, grandson of JWK Electrical owner John Kinder, enjoys reading The Night Santa Crashed in Holbeach.  Photo supplied.  ANL-161214-104427001.
PAPERBACK WRITER: Jenson Darlow, grandson of JWK Electrical owner John Kinder, enjoys reading The Night Santa Crashed in Holbeach. Photo supplied. ANL-161214-104427001.
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Christmas shoppers in Holbeach are scratching their heads as they try to find out who is behind a new festive children’s book about the town.

The book, called ‘The Night Santa Crashed in Holbeach’, has suddenly appeared on shop counters and shelves in places like Tonwood Home Hardware, Call Right Computer Services, Shea Bliss Treatment Rooms and Lodge Farm Cafe on the A17.

MYSTERY AUTHOR: The cover of new children's book, The Night Santa Crashed in Holbeach, by Johnny Mackindo.  Photo supplied.  ANL-161214-104427001.

MYSTERY AUTHOR: The cover of new children's book, The Night Santa Crashed in Holbeach, by Johnny Mackindo. Photo supplied. ANL-161214-104427001.

But the only things known about its author, Johnny Mackindo, are that he wrote it for his grandchildren and the author persuaded his wife to draw the illustrations.

However, the book does have the backing of Holbeach business JWK Electrical, of Barrington Gate, whose owner John Kinder said: “A lot of people are saying that the book is something to do with me, but I’m not admitting to anything.

“All I would say is that me and my wife were out shopping last year and we saw this book called ‘The Night Santa Visits’.

“Because I have a weird sense of humour, I thought to myself ‘how nice it would be if someone wrote a book called The Night Santa Crashed’.

When I was told that the book would be a way of giving something back to Holbeach, I decided to become part of the mystery and fun of it

John Kinder, owner, JWK Electrical of Holbeach

“Having lived in Holbeach all my life, I know a lot of people in the town and I wrote to some of them about my idea.”

A nightwatchman called Harold, Billy Chips the carpenter and a fireman with no idea of where The Bull’s Neck pub is in Holbeach.

These are some of the characters mystery children’s author Johnny Mackindo has managed to create in the magical Christmas book, The Night Santa Crashed in Holbeach.

But at its heart, is the story of how Santa and his elves struggle to deliver a “one-eyed teddy bear” to “little Johnson Marlow”.

John said: “When I was told that the book would be a way of giving something back to Holbeach, I decided to become part of the mystery and fun of it.

“As far as I know, the book has been written under a pen name and all I’ve done is to help get it printed up as something different for the town of Holbeach.”

Sales of the book are “going quite steadily”, according to John whose one-year-old grandson Jenson Darlow has a copy for Christmas.

John said: “There could be some more amazing adventures of Johnson Marlow in the future.”

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