Launch of Valley author’s debut novel

Phill Featherstone's book launched in Todmorden
Phill Featherstone's book launched in Todmorden

VALLEY AUTHOR Phill Featherstone’s debut novel Paradise Girl was launched at The Old Co-Op in Todmorden.

Around 50 people attended the event, where Phill introduced and signed copies of the book and his wife, Sally, read an extract.

Paradise Girl tells the story of Kerryl Shaw, a 17 year-old girl who finds herself alone on a hill-top farm after a deadly virus has wiped out everyone else.

Suffering extreme loneliness, Kerryl’s grip on reality fails as she tries to meet the challenges of living in isolation.

Phill said: “The launch event was a great success. The Old Co-op in Todmorden proved the perfect venue, and around 50 people enjoyed wine and canapés while I gave an account of how I came to write the book, and Sally Featherstone, my wife, read an extract.”

The author grew up in Colden but left the area when he was 18. Ten years ago he returned with Sally and they settled in a converted farm house above Todmorden, which was used as inspiration for Kerryl’s home in the novel.

He said: “The Pennine moors have always called to me and they proved an ideal setting for a story about a young woman who finds herself completely alone.

“The reasons for her isolation, and how it affects her mind and behaviour, are told in her diaries and through newspaper cuttings.

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