I like to set my books in real places, finding inspiration from the settings, buildings and history that is on offer. Oranges for Christmas is set in Berlin in 1961 because I wanted to write about the Berlin Wall. The Sleeping Angel is set in and around Highgate Cemetery in North London because I wanted a Gothic feel to the novel and Highgate Cemetery offers a wealth of history and some suitably creepy urban legends. Scarborough Fair (currently with the proofreaders) is set in the seaside town of Scarborough in the north of England, about 240 miles north of London. Beautiful when the weather’s good, but prone to sudden changes (we once had to shelter from a hail storm on the beach in the middle of August), it’s a place which I’ve visited many times and which I find very inspirational.Continue Reading
The other week we visited Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast.
My parents were staying there for a few days so it was the perfect opportunity to see them, have a short holiday and do some research for my next book.Continue Reading
We have a quaint tradition here in Oxford on May Morning. The choir of Magdalen (pronounced Maudlin) College Chapel sings the Hymnus Eucharisticus from the (very tall) tower of Magdalen College at six o’clock in the morning, whilst crowds of revellers (many of whom have been up all night) gather below on Magdalen Bridge.Continue Reading