A mum has written a book based on the experiences she shared with her son as he studied to become an airline pilot.
Black Boy Can’t Fly? is the second book written by Marcelle Roujade, from Ladbroke Grove, and tells the tale of a boy’s determination to live his dream and become a pilot.
The 52-year-old says it is based on the experiences she went through with her son, Mark, and describes her book, which is set in Ladbroke Grove, as a heart-warming adventure.
Ms Roujade was born on the island of Guadeloupe in the French West Indies and has lived in Ladbroke Grove for 30 years.
She said: “From about the age of seven my son decided he wanted to be a commercial pilot. Writing this book is his story and his journey from a mother and son’s point of view.”
Mark, who is now 26, realised his dream and is a commercial pilot for a domestic Indonesian airline.
Ms Roujade, who herself has a career in the aviation industry after working 18 years with Delta Airlines, said she hopes her story will encourage others to aim high.
She said: “I want it to inspire young people. It’s about what you can achieve and living your dream.”
Fear, Loathing and Love, her first book, was also based on personal experiences and is about living and caring for someone with mental illness.
Her book is available to download via Amazon, and will hopefully be in print soon.