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Thrilling afternoon as top crime writer visits borough

07 February 2017

Mandasue Heller.

Bestselling author Mandasue Heller dazzled and delighted an enthralled Middleton audience as she regaled them with stories of her fascinating literary career.

The popular thriller writer was in Middleton to promote her critically-acclaimed new book, Run, the 15th novel of her successful writing career.

Lovers of crime fiction packed into Junction Community Centre and Library to hear how Mandasue's gritty Manchester upbringing helped take her on a journey to become one the country's top thriller writers.

'The 40-strong audience were captivated as she read extracts from Run before exclusively revealing the working title of her next novel, which already has a fast-paced plotline in place.'

Mandasue said: "It was a pleasure to chat with such a lovely audience. I enjoyed the range of questions and it was really touching that so many people had read my books. Rochdale borough clearly has lots of keen readers, so it would be lovely to return in the near future and speak about the next chapter in my life."

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for culture, said: "Mandasue is a brilliant writer who spoke movingly about her life, literary career and future writing plans. It was a really enjoyable afternoon and a fantastic turnout from people keen to hear more from one of the region's finest and best-loved writers."

Mandasue spent 10 years living in the infamous Hulme Crescents housing estate and was a professional singer for many years before turning her hand to writing. Her 2015 novel, Afraid, was a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller and her books have sold nearly 2 million copies to date.

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