Top marks for debut work

Author Hannah Emery
Author Hannah Emery
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A Fylde coast author has recently launched her first book – and received a four star rating.

Hannah Emery, from Staining, held the launch of Secrets in the Shadows at Plackitt and Booth in Lytham in June.

And the 30-year-old mum was delighted when it received a highly positive review on

Her novel spans three generations of women, all of who live in Fylde.

Hannah, a higher education mentor at Blackpool and the Fylde College, said: “My grandparents met on holiday in Blackpool in the 1940s, when it was thriving and respected, and later married, and moved to the resort on the advice of a doctor.

“They ran a boarding house in Osborne Road, South Shore, which is what inspired me to feature a boarding house in Secrets in The Shadows.

“I’ve always written stories and was inspired from an early age by Enid Blyton, Dick King Smith and, later, the Sweet Valley series.

“Much of the book is set in Blackpool from the 1920s to 2008 and refers to Blackpool Tower, North Pier and the Winter Gardens, and the main character runs a bookshop which is based in St Annes Square.

“I did a lot of research on Blackpool and the Fylde’s history while writing and the plot begins with a fire which actually took place on North Pier, in 1921.”