NIKKI Thornton, former co-manager of Mostly Books bookstore in Abingdon, has written a new children’s novel.

The Bad Luck Lighthouse is her second story featuring Seth Seppi, and follows her first mystery, The Last Chance Hotel.

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Mrs Thornton’s debut was the winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition 2016.

The author ran the bookshop for about 10 years with her husband Mark before the business was sold to a new owner.

Mrs Thornton said she was inspired to write the first book in the series after hearing children talking about stories in the shop.