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Better Gas Safe than Sorry Story

Best-selling children’s author, Sophy Henn, creates new book to help educate families and keep older people safe

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We’re very excited to have partnered with renowned children’s author, Sophy Henn, author of the Bad Nana series to launch a new book to boost gas safety and awareness. All to ensure people are safe in their homes.

The book sees Jeanie aged 7 ¾, and her annoying little brother Jack help her nan (aka Bad Nana) save a neighbour from carbon monoxide poisoning, after spotting the signs and symptoms. The book’s aim is to bring the issue to the attention of children, parents and the vulnerable people they care for, all delivered with Sophy’s signature dose of fun. The Bad Nana: Better Gas Safe Than Sorry short story is available to read in full here.

Sophy Henn said:

“I’m delighted to be working with Gas Safe Register. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but Bad Nana and Jeanie have a very eventful day when they check on an elderly friend who has been behaving strangely. My hope is that this book will entertain children, parents, grandparents and carers alike, while at the same time spreading an important message about gas safety.”

1 in 5 homes in the UK contain unsafe gas appliances and our new research, of people who care or check in on others, suggests vulnerable people could be at risk due to confusion amongst carers about the signs of unsafe gas. We’re urging people to protect themselves and loved ones by getting clued up on gas safety, familiarising themselves with the signs and symptoms of unsafe gas appliances.


About Bad Nana

Bad Nana is a wickedly funny fiction series, told through the eyes of 7 3/4-year-old Jeanie and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Jeanie’s Grandma is BAD. Not bad like a vampire or a gangster or anything, more like . . . up to no good or a little bit cheeky. Sometimes she can be a bit embarrassing but most of the time she’s REALLY fun and she often uses her mischievous powers for good...taking bossy boots down a peg or two or standing up to bullies. Because underneath it all Bad Nana is really a bit of a super hero, and her antics in ‘Better Gas Safe Than Sorry’, a short story for the Gas Safe Register show just how heroic she can be. 


About Sophy Henn
Sophy Henn lives and works in Sussex. She writes and illustrates children's books in her studio, with a large cup of tea by her side. Where Bear?, her first book, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Kate Greenaway medal. Since then, she’s created the irresistible, award winning Pom Pom series, and well-loved titles Edie and Super Duper You among others. In 2018, Sophy created the first of her new chapter book series - Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser, recently shortlisted for a Lollies 2020 award. It has recently been joined by Bad Nana: All the fun of the fair, and just about to be released Bad Nana: That’s Snow Business!