Author’s bestseller puts Hull on the map

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Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by Leo Stevens

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Author Val Wood is celebrating the success of her novel The Doorstep Girls, which was re-released this month and is storming up national book charts.

The book which was originally released in 2002 has been given a new cover for the re-issue which has given the title an unexpected new lease of life as it hit the top ten this week and was named as a Sunday Times Bestseller, one of many for the Author who writes historical romantic novels set in Hull and surrounding areas.

Val says: “I am absolutely delighted that The Doorstep Girls has become a Bestseller, thirteen years after its original release. My publishers are gradually re-issuing my back catalogue with updated covers for a new market and their renewed success has simply astounded me.”

The Doorstep Girls tells the story of two young girls who grow up in  Middle Court, the poorest part of Hull in 1848. Like all of Val’s books, it celebrates the City’s rich  heritage, something the Author is always keen to explore.

Val continues: “Hull has so much to offer. Not only is it a lovely place but it has an intriguing cultural heritage that truly deserves celebrating. The Doorstep Girls’ bestseller status means that people all over the UK are discovering this for themselves which is fantastic news, particularly in the run up to 2017, when the City of Culture will achieve the recognition it so deserves.”

It’s a busy year for Val who is currently putting the finishing touches to her twenty-first novel which will be released in November.

Val will be touring book shops in the region to sign the paperback edition of Every Mother’s Son, which is released on 27th of February and a re-issue of The Kitchen Maid is set for a September release.

For more information on Val’s books or for details of the book signing schedule, please visit 

Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by Leo Stevens

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