Book Blog

Whitby and the Lure of the Gothic

While planning the follow-up to her immensely successful In Bitter Chill, and fuelled by a life-long fascination with Hammer Horror, crime writer Sarah Ward travelled to Whitby, the birthplace of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Here, she explains how the eerie location stirred the shadows of her imagination and helped her to write A Deadly Thaw, the second Inspector Francis Sadler novel.

Five things we loved this week

Our literary round-up of the last seven days

The turn of the tide: writers and the sea

Sophia Tobin, author of The Widow's Confession, on the lure of the sea for authors.

Book Club: PIJ's world

Finnish author Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinenhas shares the inspiration behind his tale of a town more obsessed with literature than sport. Sounds appealing!

LEGO literature

To celebrate the launch of The LEGO Movie tomorrow, we're playing with plastic bricks. It's work, honest.

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