Internationally best-selling author to launch new novel in Uppermill

By Aman Saqib

Phaedra with her new novel

AN INTERNATIONALLY best-selling author from Saddleworth is launching her heart-warming new novel at Uppermill Library next month.

All are invited to join Phaedra Patrick on Thursday, July 4 for a glass of fizz, cupcakes and conversation as she unveils The Library of Lost and Found from 7pm-8.30pm.

Phaedra will read from her book, answer questions and share stories about her journey to becoming a best-selling writer.

She will also be selling and signing copies of her book, which is about librarian Martha Storm’s discovery of a mysterious book that sparks the journey of a lifetime.

Tickets for the launch event cost £5, including complimentary fizz or non-alcoholic drink and cupcakes. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite:

Phaedra with her new novel

To celebrate the book launch, Oldham Libraries are running a social media competition on Thursday, July 27.

A picture of Phaedra’s book will be posted in a mystery location and fans will be invited to guess where it is. A winner will be selected from the correct answers.


The author’s first novel, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, proved an instant hit and top-seller in more than 19 countries and translated into over 20 languages worldwide.

However, success did not come easily as Phaedra had numerous books rejected by publishers before hitting on a successful theme.

She said: “I have three books I’ve written lying in a drawer somewhere and another two didn’t get accepted by publisher.

“I used to write about young women but there are already so many books about that. So, I thought I would write about an old man instead and be a little different.”

Her book was praised as ‘a charming, unforgettable story’ by Harper’s Bazaar and ‘a gorgeous journey told through charms’ by Heat.

Find out more about Phaedra Patrick and her work on her website: Her books are available to buy on Amazon.

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