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Win a copy of Chris Paling's new book, Reading Allowed **NOW CLOSED**

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LauraGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 06-Feb-17 16:30:02

Following last week's guest post about local libraries by author Chris Paling, we'd love to hear about the books that feature your local area.

Is it a Brontë masterpiece set on the moors of Yorkshire or a recent debut telling the story of a widow in a quiet Essex village? Well-known or obscure, we want to know!

Tell us the name of your town or city and the name of the book (or books) in which it's featured for a chance to win Chris' book Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library.

Competition closes Monday 20 February.

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Brownow Thu 09-Feb-17 00:15:57

The Penge Papers by Brian Wright. Who coincidentally was also my French teacher's husband

Pamaga Thu 09-Feb-17 10:12:22

Newcastle upon Tyne so David Almond would be my choice. He has written for adults and children. Skellig is probably his best known work and won both Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's outstanding children's book by a British author.

Grandange Thu 09-Feb-17 10:50:07

I live in the South Lakes...the setting for Elizabeth George. Perceiving the Lie. This is several stories combined in one book. Would have benefitted from being less complicated! She describes my area as always dark and raining. This is so untrue that I was quite cross! She uses quite a few of the interesting houses in her novel but moves them around the region. This is the author's prerogative but when you know the area, it is quite unsettling. Usually, I love her books but this one left me feeling very frustrated and resentful. Not her best one.

harrigran Thu 09-Feb-17 11:40:30

I live in Tyne and Wear and I enjoyed reading Sheila Quigley's books, quite a few of them follow the same policewoman and names of characters appear in each book. The author so aptly describes the setting that I know exactly where she is talking about. I was in a book shop one day and discovered she was doing a book signing so I went to talk to her, a very down to earth, lovely lady.

philatel Thu 09-Feb-17 12:41:01

Men I've loved before - Adele Parks - great novel set in Chiswick.

Nandalot Thu 09-Feb-17 13:03:22

I live near Lincoln.The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitkand is set in 1390s Lincoln and you can still walk round the city in your mind's eye as she describes the events of the novel.

Nandalot Thu 09-Feb-17 13:04:04

Maitland.. No k

lexigran Thu 09-Feb-17 16:03:06

I live very near to Pin Mill , Suffolk which features in " We didn't mean to go to Sea " by Arthur Ransome

oldperson Fri 10-Feb-17 10:55:51

I live in Nottingham. Alan Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning features many places in Nottingham that I remember which have now been demolished. D.H.Lawrence's books feature Nottingham and other places in the county. Narrow Marsh by A.R.Dance is a tale about Nottingham around the time of the Luddite riots - a very interesting book and I am now reading the sequel Leen Times.

keriku Sat 11-Feb-17 10:05:33

We live in Cowdenbeath which has featured in several of the Rebus books. Ian Rankin went to Beath High and was actually in the same class as my husband. He often uses Fife in his books!

lindarumsey Sat 11-Feb-17 10:21:17

The Mildenhall Treasure by Roald Dahl - I really must read it soon!

Irenelily Sat 11-Feb-17 10:28:19

The lighthearted detective series by Lesley Cookman feature the Thanet area and Canterbury area all about a family descended from Kent hop pickers with a couple of amateur sleuths and an interesting police detective. Got them on Kindle and have read them twice! Once haphazardly and once in order!

librarylady Sat 11-Feb-17 10:39:01

Well unsure I should mention this one as I was unaware of the accusations leveled against the author but the very small Cheshire village (Bickerton) where I grew up is mentioned in The Forests of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

blueberry1 Sat 11-Feb-17 10:44:11

Annie Murray's books are set in Birmingham,many of them during WW2.I love reading them and placing the areas she mentions in the Birmingham of today.

MadGrandma Sat 11-Feb-17 10:46:57

We are in Colchester and there are quite a few books which are sited here. The series I most enjoyed is by Tania Carver - "Brennan and Esposito" - set in a variety of locations around the town - a series of murder/thriller mysteries which are fairly true to their locations. The other which I am currently reading is "historical" set in the early 1980's - "Blackwater" by James Henry (the man who wrote several Inspector Frost books.
Both authors are highly recommended if you like mysteries.
On the other hand if you like a bit of humour and time travel - try Jodi Taylor's "Chronicles of St Mary's" series. One of those - "Christmas Present" a short novella, features the location of Roman Colchester in AD60!

Funnygran Sat 11-Feb-17 10:51:28

The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher is set in my home city of Sheffield.

BBbevan Sat 11-Feb-17 11:33:46

As a young child I lived near Senghenydd in the Aber valley. I always thought ' How green was my Valley' was set in a similar valley. And they had a catastrophic mine disaster too.

Playermojo007 Sat 11-Feb-17 12:28:40

John Nicholson writes a crime series about Nik Guymer based in TEESSIDE and North of Yorkshire the first in tge series is called Teesside Steal which is very apt with what has been ongoing in Teesside and my husband being a redundant steel worker.

shysal Sat 11-Feb-17 12:33:16

No shortage of books set in my home city of Oxford. Some years ago I read a set of about 20 novels by Veronica Stallwood about Kate Ivory, a historian/writer turned amateur sleuth, written between 1990 and 2011. I believe the most popular volume is the one called Death and the Oxford Box.

Diggingdoris Sat 11-Feb-17 12:53:52

Hello MadGrandma, I'm in Colchester area as well so you may like Elizabeth Jeffries novels set in the villages around us. The author lives in Wivenhoe and the stories are period set so you learn about the crafts and trades of the past.

Linbrikat Sat 11-Feb-17 13:26:44

I just picked up a book to start reading yesterday that hubby bought recently in a charity shop. He only ever buys science-fiction so I was amazed to see Stoke Newington High Street mentioned in the second chapter. I was born and brought up there many moons ago. The book is called Planesrunner and it's about 'a multiplicity of universes in parallel dimensions'. The author is Ian McDonald.

dorojk432113 Sat 11-Feb-17 13:27:15

My village of Combe Florey appears in the Domesday Book! And no doubt influenced in some way the writings of Evelyn Waugh, Auberon Waugh and his children Daisy and Alexander, all of whom lived in Combe Florey

gillyknits Sat 11-Feb-17 14:01:20

I live near Thirsk so it would have to be the James Herriot books All Creatures Great and Small.

Lotie Sat 11-Feb-17 14:35:20

I live in Swindon which features in Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime'.

Sheilasue Sat 11-Feb-17 14:51:39

I live in the borough of Greenwich, there are many history books on Greenwich, there is the stories of Nelson and so many others, king Henry etc.