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Barnsley novelist’s charity book sale is no joke

Writer Millie Johnson  with some of  her collection of 500 Joke Books which she is auctioning off for charity.

Writer Millie Johnson with some of her collection of 500 Joke Books which she is auctioning off for charity.

According to South Yorkshire writer Milly Johnson, her life has been a laugh a minute.

Long before the Barnsley novelist was making money from books, she carved out a successful career writing jokes for greeting cards.

The 49-year-old said: “It was one of the best jobs I ever had. It paid for my house, my car, dressed my kids and put food on the tables – I owe it everything.”

Milly started writing greeting card jokes when she was just 23 and was even a ghost writer for the original Purple Ronnie series.

She retired a couple of years ago to focus full-time on novels.

And now she is turning the job that has kept her in stitches for the past two decades into a way to raise some funds for charity.

She said: “I’ve collected joke books since I was a little girl, they were my research and inspiration when I was writing jokes for all those years.

“I gave away a bunch about 30 years ago but I still have about 500 in the house now.

“I love books as furniture but, even by my standards, things are getting a little crowded, so I’ve decided to put the whole lot – about 500 books – on eBay and sell them to raise money for The Well.”

The Well, of which Milly is patron, is a therapy centre in Barnsley, offering complementary therapies for cancer sufferers.

Milly, who lives in Dodworth with her two children, said: “I’ve seen first hand the marvellous work The Well does and I’m so proud to support them and hope this sale raises some funds for them.”

Milly is currently working on her first joke book which she hopes to finish in 2014.

n Visit wwwmillyjohnson.co.uk for the eBay sale link.

 

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