Fiction with Place Names From Your Part of the British Isles

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Fiction with Place Names From Your Part of the British Isles

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1devenish
apr 26, 2007, 3:36pm

Being a great fan of the little town of Market Harborough,which is 14 miles from where I live,and a great place for finding books,I would like to nominate G.J.Whyte-Melville's book of the same name.

2syllabub
apr 30, 2007, 7:08pm

Complicity by Iain Banks for my home turf (Strathearn) and Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon for where I stay (Howe o' the Mearns).

3dreamlikecheese
Redigeret: apr 22, 2008, 10:28am

Both The Electric Michelangelo and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit were set in my part of the UK...Lancashire. The latter also mentions my favourite town name, Oswaldtwistle.

4aluvalibri
apr 22, 2008, 11:34am

Hey dreamlikecheese, you know that the first time I came to England it was to visit my penpal, who lived (and still does) in Wigan? I was 18 and had a great time among a lot of very friendly people!
:-))

P.S. And I heard all about the Wigan pier!

5dreamlikecheese
apr 22, 2008, 12:28pm

I went to Wigan just once...we went to see the pier. It was one of the best historical attractions we saw in England. I'd recommend it to anyone! Unfortunately I only lived in Lancashire for a year...but I hope to return to England soon. North or south, I don't mind (though I do have a soft spot for all parts of Lancashire except Blackpool!)

6aluvalibri
apr 22, 2008, 12:31pm

Of Blackpool I only remember my one and only ride on a rollercoaster...terrifying!
It is, unfortunately, very similar to many places on the New Jersey shore, quite touristy and uninteresting (to me, at least).

7dreamlikecheese
apr 22, 2008, 12:33pm

I went to school there. We could see the theme park out the school room windows. There's nothing less fun than hearing people havng a good time while you're writing up a biology prac.

8Grammath
apr 22, 2008, 4:25pm

I grew up in Julian Barnes's Metroland. The film version with Christian Bale specifically located the action in North Harrow, about 4 miles from the family homestead, although the novel is more ambiguous. I'm not much of a poetry reader, so I've never delved into John Betjeman's odes to the area.

William Sutcliffe's debut novel New Boy is a thinly disguised portrait of the secondary school I attended, Haberdashers' Aske's in Elstree, Hertfordshire. This is perhaps not so surprising when you know he was in the year below me. Write about what you know, and all that.

9TheoClarke
apr 23, 2008, 8:13pm

I live in Ipswich and collect books about or set in Suffolk. There are far too many to list until I have my entire collection tagged on LT. Anthony Horovitz often alludes to the landscape around his weekend home in Orford. The Killing Joke makes extensive use of the secret nature of Orford Ness, for example. A recent discovery was Tessa West's The Estuary set in Bawdsey and Felixstowe Ferry at the time of the 1953 floods.

10Catgwinn
Redigeret: mar 25, 2009, 12:05am

The titles of Martha Grimes 'Richard Jury' novels are names of actual pubs scattered throughout England ("The Dirty Duck" in Stratford for example).

I think at least some of PD James 'Adam Dagliesh' stories take place in Suffolk.

I lived in Mildenhall, Suffolk for a number of years. Explored much of 'East Anglia'; love Bury St Ecmunds, Lavenham, Cambridge, Ely Cathederal, Norwich.