Malcolm’s magical new children’s book

Malcolm King from South Elmsall who has written his first children's book after losing his eyesight during cancer treatment'Picture by Dean Atkins
Malcolm King from South Elmsall who has written his first children's book after losing his eyesight during cancer treatment'Picture by Dean Atkins

A South Elmsall man who lost his eyesight during treatment for cancer, has written his first children’s book.

Malcolm King, 38, released The Undiscovered Magic, a story of a ten-year-old boy who is befriended by bees and wasps, earlier this month.

The author lost his sight in 2007, following radiotherapy to treat cancer of the eye.

Mr King said: “I was told chemotherapy wasn’t an option because it wouldn’t reach the eyes. The only way I could have been treated was with radiotherapy.

“It was a very rare condition, even my GP didn’t know what would happen to my eyes.”

After being told he couldn’t work, Malcolm tried his hand at writing.

He said: “I’m not the sort of person to just give up, so I decided to write a book.”

Mr King learned to touch-type when he was 17, and used that skill after losing his sight.

He wrote the first draft of the book in 2010, finishing the story in one day, but didn’t show it to anyone for four years.

He added: “I wrote the first draft really quickly. I eventually showed it to my partner last year and she told me it should be published as a book.

“That inspired me to start writing again and finish the story.”

The book then took seven months to complete, with the author finding an illustrator and a publisher late last year.

“I’m really proud of it. I’ve had some really good feedback from people who have read it.”

Mr King is hoping to write his second book later this year.