TWO grandmas have each landed a book deal.

Philippa Hawley and Clare Hawkins, of Wivenhoe, have each received book deals, with their work available in bookshops and online.

Philippa undertook an online creative writing course after retiring as a GP, amassing a wealth of stories and anecdotes during her time working with the public.

Philippa’s novel, To be Frank, follows the life of Frank, a 62-year-old recovering alcoholic who works on the docks of Felixstowe.

Frank's life gets turned upside down after an unexpected inheritance changes everything, putting him in touch with his long-lost family.

Clare began a writing course after retiring as a teacher. Her book, The Pawnbrokers Pledge, is a historical novel set in Victorian London.

The novel is inspired by the story of a rich heiress pursued by a fortune hunting stalker, meanwhile, a pawnbroker makes a disturbing discovery in an item brought to his shop.

Philippa said: “Who says retirement is a time for relaxation? It’s immensely rewarding to see the result of my hard work in print.”

Clare said: “Writing is truly absorbing, though it can be challenging at times, just like looking after four young grandchildren.”

The novels, published by Blossom Spring Publishing, are available at The Red Lion Bookshop, Wivenhoe Bookshop, Amazon and other outlets as print and ebooks.