Top author Victoria Hislop extolled the virtues of independent bookshops as she came to Fylde for the only northern appearance of her current book signing tour.
She delighted an audience of more than 170 at Lowther Pavilion with a talk about her new novel The Sunrise and an insight into her career at an event organised by Lytham bookshop Plackitt and Booth.
Ahead of that, she visited the Silverdell bookshop in Kirkham and said afterwards: “You really are very fortunate to have such shops in your area.
“There is a lot of competition these days but I know a lot of people really value the personal service and the feeling of interaction with their local bookshop. I hope people make the most of them.”
Victoria told of the background to The Sunrise – set in Cyprus at the time of the island’s partition in 1974 – as well as revealing details of her favourite authors and books – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
During the event hosted by The Express which also included an opportunity for the audience to ask her questions.
Pat Booth, co-proprietor of Plackitt and Booth, said: “It was a wonderful event.
“We staged it at Lowther for the first time because of the numbers we were expecting and it was the ideal venue.
“Victoria was a very popular visitor to Lytham a few years ago and she was delighted at the opportunity to again meet her readers.
“The feedback from everyone has been excellent.”
At Silverdell, as is traditional for author visits, Victoria was presented with a bespoke ice cream by co-proprietor Elaine Silverwood.
Entitled “Sunshine”, it consisted of mango, lemon and lime flavours and Victoria said: “It was delicious.”