A trio of female authors with connections to Brighton have won big at the Specsavers Bestseller Awards.

The awards, designed to recognise sales figures, took place in London in January. They cover sales this century so far, and are powered by Nielsen Book, the official recorder of book sales in the UK.

Successful trio

Writer and illustrator Liz Pichon, who is Brighton-based, won eight silver awards – marking sales of a quarter of a million copies of each title – for her Tom Gates series for children.

Local blogger Zoe Sugg, better known to her millions of followers as Zoella, won a gold award for sales of more than half a million copies of her debut novel, Girl Online.

And finally, Brighton-born author and journalist Caitlin Moran won a gold award for her non-fiction memoir, How To Be A Woman.

Talented town

Andrew Wallbank, store director in Brighton, said: ‘To have three winners with connections to Brighton just shows the depth of talent that exists in our town.

‘We would like to congratulate them all on their continuing success, and hope to see them in store sometime soon to congratulate them in person.’

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