AUTHOR Matson Taylor dropped into an east Cleveland bookshop to sign copies of his novel, The Miseducation of Evie Epworth.

The writer signed several copies of his first novel, which is set in the summer of 1962, at Chapter One Loftus. The book was released in paperback last week.

Paul Jones-King, of Chapter One Loftus, said: "It was great to welcome Matson to the shop, he’s the first national author to sign books in the shop, and it was great to be able to give him some local products to take away with him including cakes from the Willow Cake Shop in Loftus and Chapter One Loftus Bookshop Blend Coffee by the Roseberry Coffee Company.

"We look forward to seeing him later in the year with his next book."

Chapter One Loftus opened on November 2 last year, just two days before the second Covid lockdown, and had to quickly move to an online shop before being permitted to reopen in line with national regulations.