Novel by Saddleworth author picked as Great North West Read 2019

THE Library of Lost and Found by local author Phaedra Patrick has been chosen as the Great North West Read 2019.

The annual event transforms the North West into one massive, interactive book club throughout November — and this year’s chosen novel is Phaedra’s latest book.

Phaedra Patrick with her book

Taking inspiration from Phaedra’s love of libraries, the book tells of volunteer librarian Martha Storm, who finds 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.

Phaedra said: “As a child, I used to visit Oldham library and dream that one day my own book would sit on the shelves.

“The Library of Lost and Found celebrates the power of stories and I’m delighted it’s been selected as the 2019 Great North West Read.”

Phaedra launched her book at Uppermil Library in July

Phaedra first caught the literary world’s attention with her ‘The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper’ in 2016, now a top-seller in more than 19 countries worldwide. Book two – ‘Wishes under the Willow Tree’ – soon followed, also to great acclaim.

She became a full-time writer four years ago and now she works from a small shed in her garden that overlooks the beautiful Saddleworth hills.

Now it its second year, the GNWR’s goal is to be the North West’s largest community read and is supported by public libraries from Cheshire to Cumbria and the Time to Read North West Reader Development Network.

Sue Lawson, who leads Time to Read, said: “Phaedra’s novel received huge support from librarians who enjoyed this warm-hearted story.

“We believe it’s a fantastic choice to engage adult readers across the region and it’s sure to touch the lives of those who participate.”

Throughout November there will be GNWR reading parties across the area and Phaedra will be visiting eight libraries to read from her book, sign copies, answer questions and share stories about her journey to becoming a best-selling author.

More information about events can be found at

The Library of Lost and Found is published by HQ/HarperCollins and will be available to borrow from over 300 libraries in the North West. It’s also available to buy as a book, audiobook and ebook from independent bookstores, Waterstones, Amazon, Kobo, Apple, WHSmith.

Find out more about Phaedra’s books and see her writing tips and reading group questions on her website:

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