Author signs copies of new children's book

Author signs copies of new children's book

by Tom Martin (September 2020)

A SKELMERSDALE writer has held a book signing after she published a children’s bookl set in Blackpool.

Susan Brownrigghas penned ‘Gracie Fairshaw and the Mysterious Guest’, which is a fast-paced mystery set in Blackpool, 1935.

The book was inspired by the author’s childhood daytrips and holidays in Blackpool.

The story features real-life character Audrey Mosson, who at 15-years-old turned on Blackpool lights in 1935.

Susan was at Pritchard’s Bookshop, in Crosby, last week and she signed copies of the book.

Susan said: “I am absolutely thrilled that my book is now available to buy from such a brilliant local independent bookshop. It is brilliant seeing my book on display next to so many other amazing children's books. This year the Blackpool Illuminations have been extended through to January, so I'm hoping local children who have been lucky enough to see the lights will want to buy my book! Especially now they have fabulous signed by the author stickers on the cover.

“I’m particularly delighted that my book is published on the 85th anniversary of when one of the real-life characters, 15-year-old Blackpool girl Audrey Mosson, switched on the lights.

“I have loved learning about Audrey. She had a very newsworthy life, being invited to meet Stalin in Russia as part of her duties as Railway Queen, and then going on to perform with the Blackpool Tower Children’s Ballet, before enjoying a career as a professional dancer.

“In 1985, Audrey was invited back to Blackpool by actress Joanna Lumley who was performing the switch-on that year, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Audrey doing the honour.

“I hope my book will draw more attention to Audrey and her remarkable achievements.” 

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