When Saddleworth author Phaedra Patrick visited Oldham Library as a young girl, she dreamed that one day her own books would sit on the shelves there.
Now, decades later, she is a USA Today bestseller whose novels are published in more than twenty languages worldwide.
Her third novel, The Library of Lost and Found, was officially released by HQ/HarperCollins on June 27 in paperback, ebook and audio book form.
Taking inspiration from Phaedra’s love of libraries, it tells of volunteer librarian Martha Storm, who takes delivery of a mysterious book of fairy tales.
Within its pages lies a surprising dedication that stirs up family secrets and sparks her own emotional journey of discovery.
The book has already proved a hit in the USA where People magazine called it “Sweet and resonant” while UK review website Lovereading said “What an absolutely gorgeous book.”
Phaedra will be signing copies of The Library of Lost and Foundin Waterstones, Oldham on Saturday, June 29 from 1-2pm. Anyone is welcome along for a chat.
And a special book launch will take place at Uppermill Library on Thursday, July 4 from 7pm-8.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and include a glass of fizz and a cupcake. Booking is essential: https://tinyurl.com/yyl3m73g
Phaedra will read from her book, sign copies, and answer questions and share stories about her journey to becoming a best-selling writer.
She became a full-time writer four years ago when she took redundancy from her job in communications at the Co-op.
Now she works from a small shed in her garden that overlooks the beautiful Saddleworth hills.
Phaedra said: “Readers often compare my books to the late, great Maeve Binchy, which is a huge compliment.
“I love to write heart-warming stories about everyday people and to make readers laugh and cry.
“I set all my stories in the north of England, so it’s wonderful how American readers have embraced them. I’d love for local people to do the same.”
To celebrate the launch of her latest book, 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 Library of Lost and Foundwill be available from Waterstones, Amazon, Kobo, Apple, WHSmith, libraries, and independent bookstores.
Find out more about Phaedra’s books and see her writing tips and reading group questions on her website: www.phaedra-patrick.com