Former Fleet Street photographer releases children’s book based on Jurassic Coast

AFTER a long career as a Fleet Street photographer, Richard Lappas has finally found the time to fulfil his lifetime ambition of writing a children’s book, with his first story based on the Jurassic Coast.

His children’s book ‘Adventure at Muffin Bay’ is being published this summer and, as you’d imagine from a man who’s spent most of his working life telling stories through his photographs, Richard has a wealth of experience to draw on.

The book, set on his beloved Dorset coast, introduces two central characters, a plucky little boy called Chunky and his new found friend Sarita, a bird who can talk. 

Having met by accident, the pair soon find themselves caught up in the middle of a secret military operation that has gone wrong.  So Chunky and Sarita come to the rescue with more than a few surprises along the way and the reluctant heroes become the toast of social media.

It is a delightful adventure story aimed at younger readers aged 8-12, with illustrations by Tom Abel.

Born in London, Richard began writing stories at the age of eight, perched at the kitchen table and reading them out to his mum and dad. But his love of writing was overtaken by a passion for photography and newspapers. 

A 40-year career on Fleet  Street followed with Richard regularly photographing celebrities, royals and politicians as well as the major stories and features of the day.

During that time, he successfully relocated his career to the West Country continuing as a photojournalist for national newspapers and magazines, based on the Devon/Dorset border.

His first book, ‘More by Luck Than Judgement’, published in 2016, celebrated some of the famous photographs from his 40-year career and the stories behind getting those iconic pictures.

Now his storytelling career has taken a new turn with his first book for children.

Inspired by his favourite county of Dorset and the arrival of his beloved grandchildren Lola and Lio, Richard set about creating an exciting and unusual adventure for young readers.

A sequel to ‘Adventure at Muffin Bay’ is already in progress.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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