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4 March 2021 is World Book Day! Created by UNESCO in 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, this global event is marked in over 100 countries. 

2020 saw an eight-year high in book sales, with over 200 million print books sold. Many of us are using the lockdowns as an opportunity to read those epic books we’ve had lingering on the shelf, or to take a break from Netflix and discover a new-found love of reading.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, why not try one of our very own authors? Sefton has produced a wealth of talented writers over the years and, in conjunction with Broadhurst’s Bookshop, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites – whilst stores are currently closed, check out their specially curated shelf where you can browse books by the featured authors and buy them online: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/southport-authors

David Mitchell – born in Southport, Mitchell has written nine novels and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His third novel, ‘Cloud Atlas’, was made into a film which boasts Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Susan Sarandon amongst the star-studded cast. After branching out in to screenwriting with his work on the second series of Sense8, Mitchell is currently collaborating with Lana Wachowski and Aleksandar Hemon on the fourth film in The Matrix series. Not to be confused with the star of Would I Lie To You? and Peep Show!

Carys Bray – after completing an MA in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University in 2010 Bray went on to be nominated for the Costa First Novel Award in 2014 with ‘A Song For Issy Bradley’. Two more highly successful novels have followed - ‘The Museum of You’ and ‘When The Lights Go Out’. No stranger to critical acclaim Bray’s writing has been described as having a ‘fluid, engaging style’ and a ‘quiet, formidable brilliance’.

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Roger McGough – Roger McGough rose to national prominence in 1967 with the release of The Mersey Sound. Featuring the work of McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri it’s one of the biggest selling poetry anthologies of all time and has never been out of print. As one-third of The Scaffold, alongside John Gorman and Mike McCartney, he has even topped the charts – Lily The Pink reached number one in 1968. A prolific writer still working today, McGough has published more than 50 books of poetry for adults and children, as well as numerous plays.

Maureen Lee – a regular on the Sunday Times bestseller lists, Lee started out writing short stories before going on to publish more than 20 novels. Born in Bootle, she was particularly successful at writing dramatic romantic sagas - with titles such as ‘Queen of the Mersey’ and ‘The House by Princes Park’ – which chronicled the hardships faced by working class women in Liverpool during the first half of the twentieth century. In 2000 her novel ‘Dancing in the Dark’ won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.

Beryl Bainbridge – widely acknowledged as one of the best novelists of her generation, Bainbridge is best known for her often macabre tales such as ‘The Bottle Factory Outing’ and ‘The Dressmaker’. Raised near Formby, her early novels feature many features recognisable to local readers including Ince Woods and Formby beach. During her long and illustrious career she was shortlisted five times for the Booker Prize, and twice won the Whitbread Prize.

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Frank Cottrell-Boyce – born in Bootle and now residing in Crosby, Cottrell-Boyce has written 11 novels and won both the 2004 Carnegie Medal, for ‘Millions’, and the 2012 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, for ‘The Unforgotten Coat’. His writing talents have seen him collaborate with some of the UK’s finest directors, working with Michael Winterbottom on films such ‘24 Hour Party People’ and ‘Welcome to Sarajevo’, and with Danny Boyle on the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Rachael Lucas – living and working in Southport, Lucas is the author of a number of hugely successful books and deftly writes both adult and YA fiction. ‘A State of Grace’ was her first YA novel and tells the story of Grace, a girl living with Asperger’s and trying to find her way in the world. The Guardian said, ‘this honest, romantic, hilarious novel feels long overdue’. With her latest adult romantic fiction book ‘The Village Green Bookshop’ due for release in April, now is the perfect time to discover one of Rachael’s heart-warming and touching stories.

If you'd like to discover some of these brilliant reads for yourself, check out Broadhurst's Southport bookshelf: - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/southport-authors

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