Troubador Rosa’s Story

Talk Radio Europe

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

Released: 28/01/2017

ISBN: 9781785893759

Format: Paperback

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Continuing on from Terry McManus’ debut novel, Under The Stars with Leo-pard, comes Rosa’s Story, the second in the trilogy. Set deep in the lush green jungles and forests of Belize, Rosa’s Story is a full colour children’s book that will appeal to children aged 4-8 years. Leo-pard, a well looked after, extremely pampered, but incredibly bored leopard, shared his story, but now it’s Rosa’s turn to shine, as she yearns for time out and freedom. But how does she manage it? With all the much-loved characters from the first book, including Rocky, the patriotic American cougar and Stripes, the beautiful Bengal tiger, Rosa’s Story is the next exciting instalment. This richly illustrated story introduces children to some of the colourful and interesting creatures that roam the lands of the Mayan people. Walk with Rosa, the strong, stunning, jaguar, through the home of her ancestors as the story unfolds and the magic continues. Inspired by J. K. Rowling, Rosa’s Story introduces children to themes of conservation, equality and the importance of friendship, all woven together with a touch of the extraordinary.

Whilst working on "Under the Stars with Leo-pard" I received some very kind words of encouragement from Dolores Keaveny a very talented artist and self published author of several successful full colour children's picture books from Westmeath Ireland.

"WOW....your illustrations are amazing, so beautiful.You will have some hell of a children's picture book when you get them published, I have no doubt but that your books will be a great success.....with illustrations like those...."

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Terry McManus

I was born 17.12.1963. and have always been very passionate about art, especially wildlife art and art connected with film and children's book illustrations. My influences include artist, writers and musicians such as John Haywood an artist and dear friend (sadly missed)Raymond Briggs, Jane Hissey, J.K. Rowling and Kate Bush.

Over the years my work has been chosen several times by fine art publishers to be used for limited and open run prints.

During my time at Jaguar Cars Ltd 1983-2004 I was sponsored to go to Belize to study and paint wildlife, in particular jaguar cats to be printed in a limited edition run of prints to raise funds for The World Land Trust.The finished print was used much to my surprise by the BBC in the 2005 television drama "Gideon's Daughter" directed by Stephen Poliakoff, staring a cast of quality actors including Bill Nighy, Miranda Richardson and Tom Hardy.

Since leaving Jaguar Cars I trained to become an art lecturer and have been teaching art and design to students at Universities and Colleges ever since.

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