PRIORY ex-student Sophie Gilbert has written, illustrated and edited her first book.

The 24 year old former PCSA student has produced The Purple Juice Tree aimed at 4+ year olds and plans to produce dozens in the years to come.


The book was inspired by the kinds of stories Sophie’s granddad told her as a child.

Over time the adventures featured familiar locations and characters and ‘La La Land’ – location for the story – was developed. – These characters are based on real life people from within the family.

The Purple Juice Tree’ is the first of a series of stories from this land. The second, ‘The Great Globby Slobe’ is due to become available in November.

The book was written, illustrated and edited by Sophie and her husband Thomas.

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Sophie said: “This was written as a response to a lack of fun and interesting bedtime stories for 4+ year olds that are an appropriate length for kids and adults to enjoy as part of the bedtime routine.

“This story in particular was written for our 6 year old daughter, Isabelle when she was 4 years old.”

The book is currently available through Amazon and through T.S. Gilbert directly (