Book author Albert Tortoise visits St Albans

Published:
5:46 PM February 23, 2022



School children across the district have reason to be upset as an author goes on tour to share his picture books about a turtle named Albert.

Former Herts Advertiser journalist turned author Ian Brown’s whirlwind tour is part of a series of events he is organizing to mark World Book Day on March 3 with his books Albert Upside Down and Albert and the Wind.

Ian recently visited Killigrew Primary School in Chiswell Green. In the coming weeks he is expected to visit Mount Pleasant Lane Primary in Bricket Wood, Aboyne Lodge in Etna Road, St Albans, Abbey Primary in Grove Road, St Albans and Bernards Heath Infant in Sandridge Road, St Albans.

He also signed more books at the Waterstone Bookshop in St Peter’s Street.


Ian Brown signs the Albert the Turtle books at Killigrew School.
– Credit: Ian Brown

During his visits to the school, Ian, also a screenwriter and TV producer, talks about the inspiration for the Albert the Turtle book series – inspired by his namesake who is over 80 and a member of the Albert family. ‘ian for over 50 years.

The Albert Picture Book is also taking the celebrity world by storm. Danny Miller, the reigning king of I’m A Celebrity King and ex-star of Emmerdale is the latest famous face to be charmed by the turtle.


Ian with his Albert series of books.

Ian with his Albert series of books.
– Credit: Ian Brown

Along with his fiancée Steph and grandson Albert, Danny posted a sweet video of himself reading Albert and the Wind as a bedtime story. The book was described by Danny as Baby Albert’s “favorite book” in the video.

Influencer Lydia Bright has posted to her 1.3 million Instagram followers that Albert Upside Down is a “new favorite book” for her daughter Loretta.


Ian Brown signing with St Albans Waterstones

Ian Brown signing with St Albans Waterstones
– Credit: Ian Brown

Petrolhead, farmer and former turtle owner, Jeremy Clarkson, said: “I love this book. I love turtles. What’s not to love?”

It was quite a trip for Albert. He was rescued over 50 years ago by Ian’s wife, Millie, when she was a little girl.


book covers

Book covers.
– Credit: Ian Brown

Ian said: “Albert seems to be taking it all at his own pace. He’s become a bit of a diva, but maybe that’s his age. We’ve all been amazed at how much his popularity has grown. He has fans across the UK. , USA, Japan and Australia. It took me 30 years to get a publishing deal, trying between TV jobs, but Albert was the inspiration I needed. It is a pleasure to visit schools and libraries.

Grover Z. Barnes