Double success

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Leighton Middle school pupil Benedict Turley and his mum, Jane, are celebrating a double triumph.

Last weekend Ben added a fourth county tennis title to his tally by winning the Bedfordshire Road to Wimbledon U14 championships.

At the same time Jane launched her debut novel, The Changing Room: A British Comedy of Love, Loss and Laughter, about a sparky sofa saleswoman who buys a new dress which sets in motion a sequence of life-changing events.

Benedict, who is no 1 in the county U14 tennis rankings and started his tennis career at Linslade tennis club, will now go forward to the national finals to be held at Wimbledon. In September, he and his brother Jacob, who also plays tennis, will begin training at Gosling International Tennis Centre in Welwyn Garden City.

“The irony is that if Ben and Jacob hadn’t been so committed to their sport I would never have written my novel and probably have gone back to the 9 to 5,” said Jane.

“I hope people enjoy The Changing Room,” said Jane. “I loved writing it. It’s a feel-good factor novel. There are some tears in it but mainly I wrote it for the giggles.”

>The Changing Room is available on Amazon UK