GP at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital, Dr Alison Gardiner, hosted a book event to launch her first novel, fantasy fiction The Serpent of Eridor.

The book launch, which took place at the Nuffield Health Bournemouth, was a huge success with many children also attending the event.

Mother of four, Alison Gardiner, lives in Bournemouth and alongside her work as a GP and raising a family, holds a passion for writing fantasy fiction for children.

Alison said: “Fantasy is completely brilliant as you can throw in all sorts of bizarre, wonderful, graphic ideas and weave them together. The Serpent of Eridor is an adventure thriller threaded with humour which will hopefully appeal to children aged eight to 12. The main character, 14 year old Alex Weston, is shipwrecked onto the tropical island of Eridor with his hamster Skoodle and unwittingly crosses the barrier into a world of enchantment.

“I was thrilled that so many attended my event. To be able talk to so many children about the book was extremely gratifying. The response to the book from the adults was also really encouraging, with many wanting to purchase it for their children and grandchildren for Christmas, which is very exciting. I hope everyone will love the story as much as I loved writing it.”

Alison has ring-fenced 100 books for which she will donate £3.00 per book to local hospices Naomi House & Jacksplace, who provide expert care to life-limited children and young people.

The Serpent of Eridor is available at Waterstones, Matador and Amazon. The second in the series, Alchemy is due out in 2016 followed by book three, The Goblin’s Curse. For further information about the book and the Eridor series please visit: