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Sign of the times for authors in resort

Best-selling childrens author Jospeh Delaney signs copies of his latest book for Florence Lord and (below) Sheila Dibnah.

Best-selling childrens author Jospeh Delaney signs copies of his latest book for Florence Lord and (below) Sheila Dibnah.

Two authors topped the bill at Blackpool’s Waterstones at the weekend.

Blackpool writer Joseph Delaney, whose book The Spook’s Apprentice has been made into a Hollywood film, paid a visit to the story on Bank Hey Street on Saturday where he was met by a crowd of fans.

Bookseller Kimi Wright said: “There was a queue of people all waiting to meet him with full sacks of his books for him to sign.

“He took the time to speak to everyone about their favourite books and how they were looking forward to seeing the movie.

“He’s going to be touring again next year with his latest book so we’re hoping he’ll come back to see us. Whenever he comes into Blackpool it’s always a really good day – he’s a lovely guy.”

The Seventh Son – the film adaption of The Spook’s Apprentice – is due to hit cinema screens in February.

And on Sunday shoppers were treated to a visit by Sheila Dibnah who was signing copies of her latest book, A Cast Iron Will – an autobiography of her late husband, steeplejack Fred Dibnah.

Waterstones manager Nick Hayes said: “Sheila was lovely and very well received. Lots of people were talking to her about the novel she is working on – there was a lot of interest.”

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