Photo: Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes at a book signing at Broadhursts

Local author Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes is celebrating after her first children’s book was published by Purple Penguin Publishing this week.

‘The Star That Lost Its Sparkle’ is illustrated by talented Formby-based artist Holly Bushnell and is the delightful tale of a little blue star called Bailey on his journey to rediscover his lost sparkle.

Southport-born Sally-Anne has already seen her first adult novel, ‘His Mother’, a thriller set in Southport, published this year.

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‘The Star That Lost Its Sparkle’ will be officially launched on Saturday 19th December at 2pm at Write Blend on South Road, Waterloo, giving children the chance to meet Sally-Anne and illustrator Holly and have their books signed.

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