Debut novelist Sue Reed's book, The Rewilding of Molly McFlynn, has been officially launched.

Her book touches on the Newcastle Witch Trials of 1649, aiming to shift the narrative around witches.

Published by the Book Guild, the novel was celebrated with a launch party at Hexham's eco shop, Matthias Winter, followed by bustling book signing events at Waterstones Hexham and Forum Books in Corbridge.

The launch party, held on a Friday night, saw Sue surrounded by friends, family, and well-wishers.

Matthias Winter owner, Alison Yelland-Smith, provided a venue for the celebration, where Sue signed copies of her first publication.

The event was filled with cheerful exchanges and personal dedications, culminating in her son presenting her with a large bouquet of red roses and other seasonal blooms.

On the official publication day, Saturday, a steady influx of people, many of whom were Reed's colleagues and former students from her teaching days at Hexham Priory School, dropped by to show their support.

She shared that local bookshops had given her 'massive support and encouragement' as her first book hit the shelves, and says that copies of the book are 'flying out'.

Such was the enthusiasm that a second print run was initiated a week before publication as Reed's writing caught the eye of both the online community and bookshops nationwide.

Cogito Books in Hexham has also announced the novel as their Young Adult Book of the Month for November.

Reed is slated to make an appearance at the store for a book signing session on the afternoon of November 18. After signing the books she will be leading discussions in the book group.

The Rewilding of Molly McFlynn, a heart-warming tale of friendship, reinvention, and breaking from norms, is suitable for readers aged 13 and above.

It has proven popular with older readers as well and is available for purchase at local bookshops or online.

Signed copies can be ordered from Sue’s own website and she can be followed on social media @suereedwrites.