A new chapter in Susan Boyle’s life

By Susannah Radford

Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent

Susan Boyle, one of Scotland’s best known exports was at Waterstones‘ Edinburgh West End last night to sign copies of her new book “The Woman I Was Born to Be.”  After entering the popular television programme “Britain’s Got Talent” Susan became an overnight international singing sensation.  Her new book  charts her early life and the challenges she faced since her appearance on the show.

Steven Cooper from the Waterstones Press Office said the event “went very well.  There was great attendance and the crowd were very excited.”  He also added that there were ex contestants from the show there to support her.

While Susan didn’t make a speech or talk to the press he said it was an intimate affair and that “she talked to fans when she came in.”

The Edinburgh event follows the London Picadilly book signing in mid October where nearly 200 people attended; the book signing at Edinburgh enjoyed an even greater attendance.  Cooper said that “Susan very much enjoyed it and liked seeing the crowd – she’d like to do more.” There is now talk of adding a book signing in Glasgow though this has not been confirmed yet.

There has been a good response to the book so far.  “The book has been doing really well,” Cooper says.  “It’s a great time of year for celebrity books.  This book will be the book to watch this Christmas”.  He adds, “the  more [Susan] does the more popular the book is becoming.”

It’s been a busy life for Susan Boyle since coming second in last year’s “Britain’s Got Talent.”  From her first appearance on the show where she surprised and then amazed the audience with her rendition of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from the popular production Les Miserables, she has been thrust into the spotlight.  She has talked with Oprah Winfrey, recorded her first album “I Dreamed A Dream” and this year sang for the Pope at the Open Air Mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow.

There’s a good chance Susan Boyle may find her way into your home this Christmas.  Not only has her book been released, her new album “The Gift” has also been recently released and they look like the perfect stocking present.

Su-bo smashes world record

By Gemma Haigh and Narelle McGowan

Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent

Scottish Singing Sensation Susan Boyle has broken a world record with the most pre-ordered album in Amazon history.

The Britain’s Got Talent runner up’s first album I Dreamed a Dream is due to be released on Monday 23rd November and is predicted to top the album charts.

‘Su-bo’ will also be appearing on the X-Factor this Sunday to sing a track from her new album.

Julian Monagham, head of music buying at Amazon.co.uk told the Telegraph: “Just eight months ago, no one was aware of the talents of Susan Boyle. Now, she has generated more Amazon pre-order CD sales than any other artist.

“That is an incredible achievement and is testament to the fact that she has captured the hearts of people all over Britain, America and the rest of the world.”

Edinburgh Napier News caught up with one of Susan’s oldest friends, Suzanne Clifford, from her hometown Blackburn.

Suzanne says she remembers Susan’s singing: “I didn’t know that she could sing until she got up and sang in the pub one night and it was just absolutely amazing.”

Suzanne worked in the local pub where Susan would wow the punters singing songs from her favourite musicals every week on the karaoke.

Susan also toured with the pub band and entered competitions, so it was of no surprise to the people of Blackburn when Susan finally got her big break on Britain’s Got Talent.

Suzanne recalls the whole town getting behind Susan when she was on the talent show: “It was amazing because all the pubs and houses had banners and posters up everywhere saying ‘Go Susan’ and ‘Vote for Susan’.”

Watch the interview in full below:

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