A SKELMERSDALE writer is hoping her debut children’s novel set in Blackpool will be a towering success!
Susan Brownrigg has penned ‘Gracie Fairshaw and the Mysterious Guest’, which is a fast-paced mystery set in Blackpool, 1935, and is due to be published next month.
The book was inspired by the author’s childhood daytrips and holidays in Blackpool.
Susan said: “I have so many happy memories of visiting Blackpool. I loved going on the Ghost Train, the River Caves and the Hiram Maxim Flying Machines at the Pleasure Beach, taking a trip on the heritage trams, eating chips on the prom, seeing all the wonderful Illuminations and of course exploring the Tower. My favourite part was the circus and the excitement of seeing the water flood into the ring!
“Blackpool is a magical place with a fascinating history. When you think of the seaside you think of golden beaches, piers, sandcastles, donkey rides – and Blackpool has all this and more including some wonderful seaside architecture!”
In her book, Gracie Fairshaw moves to Blackpool to run The Majestic, a typical seaside boarding house, with Ma and younger brother George.
However the Fairshaws have barely settled into their new home when Ma mysteriously vanishes and Gracie, George and her new friends Tom, Violet and Phyllis the maid must work out which of the guests is responsible for Ma's disappearance.
Susan, who lives in Tanhouse, has made many trips to Blackpool following in her main character’s footsteps.
She added: "I spent many happy hours in the Tower Ballroom listening to the Wurlitzer organ, I went on the Grand National and Hiram Maxim Flying Machines at Pleasure Beach, I strolled along the piers and travelled on a heritage tram. I also enjoyed guided tours of the tram depot, the Town Hall where the switch-on used to take place, and the Lightworks depot to learn all about the illuminations.”
Gracie Fairshaw and the Mysterious Guest will be published on Thursday, July 2 and will be available from bookshops and online booksellers.