Gainsborough-born Joanne Livesey (nee Cuckson) has become a published author after the recent launch of her debut children’s book: ‘Guinea Pig Detective – The Case of the Missing Carrot’. Managed by London-based Olympia Publishers, Guinea Pig Detective is a rhyming picture book about a crime-solving guinea pig called Gordon. It is charmingly illustrated by award-winning designer and artist, Sarah-Leigh Wills.
Joanne, a former pupil of Queen Elizabeth’s High School, lives with her husband in Latimer, Buckinghamshire and regularly returns to Gainsborough to spend time with her parents, family and friends. With a passion for poetry and creative writing from an early age, Joanne completed a degree in journalism before moving to London to develop her career. After starting out in PR and promotions, she moved into recruitment and is now a partner of a Real Estate Executive Search (head-hunting) firm.
Writing stories had remained a hobby, until now! Inspired by her cheeky pet guinea pigs, a love of animals and living in the countryside, it seemed the natural choice for Joanne to combine these interests in a rhyming picture book. “It’s a dream come true to be published and hopefully proof that it’s possible to have a corporate life combined with a creative one,” she said.
‘Guinea Pig Detective’ is available now on Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes and Noble and directly via Olympia Publishers.