First spottted on Twitter, Penketh teen’s musings hit the shops

THE work of a former Penketh High School student is available in

bookstores after she was spotted by a publisher on Twitter.

Isobel Harrop, aged 18, was first noticed on the social networking site around two years ago and her subsequent book titled The Isobel Journal is to be stocked in stores nationwide.

The Penketh teenager, who has recently started a degree in English and philosophy at the University of Sussex, was stunned that her ‘random tweets’ had got into the hands of publishers and made into a full publication.

She said: “I feel incredibly lucky and hope that my book will inspire other young people to express themselves too.

“Readers from Warrington will probably spot some landmarks in some of the drawings and photographs, such as Fiddler’s Ferry power station and the Pink Eye.

“Despite the book’s tag line – ‘just a northern girl from where nothing really happens’ – I love it really, up until now I’ve lived my whole life there and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

The book is described as a witty and honest journal of a girl getting to grips with impending adulthood.

Emily Thomas, from Hot Key Books, said: “It’s a charming and vivid scrapbook of the author’s sketches, mini-graphic novels, photographs and captions.

“I came across Isobel on Twitter and found myself looking forward to her poignant observations on her everyday life: family, friends, boys, bands, clothes.”

l Signed copies of The Isobel Journal are available from Waterstones in the Golden Square.