Thurlby high-flyer Hannah puts girl talk in new book of truths

Hannah Fytche (centre) with her new book, God's Daughters: Loved, Held, Accepted, Enough, alongside sister Emily Fytche and Jonathan Maddox, headmaster of Bourne Grammar School, at Clare College, University of Cambridge.
Hannah Fytche (centre) with her new book, God's Daughters: Loved, Held, Accepted, Enough, alongside sister Emily Fytche and Jonathan Maddox, headmaster of Bourne Grammar School, at Clare College, University of Cambridge.
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A former high-flying student at Bourne Grammar School has set out the beliefs and truths that have guided her life in a new book.

Hannah Fytche, of Thurlby (19), has written her first book callled God’s Daughters: Loved, Held, Accepted, Enough, which aims to help teenage girls and other readers with some of life’s most challenging issues.

Having just finished her first year of a theology and religious studies degree at Cambridge University, Hannah has drawn her own experiences of growing up to share with others advice on matters, including self-image, friends, family, school and church.

The book was launched in April and Hannah said: “I’ve grown up in a Christian home, but it was when I started going to summer camps at the age of nine or ten that I got to grips with my faith and what it meant, rather than being someone I wasn’t.

“There was a Christian Union at Bourne Grammar School which I was quite keen on in Year 7 and all the way through school, there was a space to express my faith and meet other people like me which was a real encouragement.”

The opportunity to write a book came in Hannah’s final year at Bourne Grammar School when a publisher was told of her blog writing for the youth branch of international development charity Tearfund.

All the way through school, there was a space to express my faith and meet other people like me which was a real encouragement

Hannah Fytche, of Thurlby (19), Bourne Grammar School and Cambridge University

Hannah said: “I was writing blogs for a website called Rhythms and my mum knew someone at the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) who was looking for young writers.

“The BRF got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to write a book which was such an exciting opportunity for me and something I couldn’t say no to.

“I started writing the book after signing a contract with the BRF in June 2014 and had to write 30,000 words by March 2015.

“The BRF was very supportive and after a period where the book was edited and designed, it was published in April 2016.”

Among the guests at the book launch in Cambridge was Jonathan Maddox, headmaster of Bourne Grammar School, who wrote in the school’s bulletin last month: “The Dean of Clare College spoke admiringly and eloquently about Hannah’s work and her commitment to her faith.”

God’s Daughters: Loved, Held, Accepted, Enough, is available at £6.99 from the BRF.

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