Village life is key to teen comedy

Jenny Smith at her book launch
Jenny Smith at her book launch

TEENAGERS in Chinnor have been the inspiration behind a new book, which has been released across the country.

Author Jenny Smith created Diary of a Parent Trainer based on her experiences in the village and it has already received great reviews from readers.

It has gained a five-star rating on Amazon and has been enjoyed by children at local schools.

Mrs Smith, who is from Kingston Blount, said: “Chinnor has such a family appeal about it that it just got my imagination going.

“There are families who have lived here for generations and that inspired the main character.”

The book follows the life of teenager Katie Sutton, who gives amusing tips on how she ‘operates’ her parents into doing what she wants.

She lives in a fictional village called Brindleton, which centres around Mrs Smith’s experiences of Chinnor – one of which was from her time at the park.

She said: “I loved seeing the teenagers just sitting on swings oblivious to all the annoyed parents around them so I used that as inspiration in the book.”

The book went on sale on Thursday to mark World Book Day and more than 100 copies were sold at the launch in the Book House.

Since then it has gone on sale on Amazon and has attracted more orders online.

Mrs Smith is now in the process of writing her second book and this time it will be based around Thame.