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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Novel No. 3, Quayside, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

The Murder Wall  by Mari Hannah is just published, and exemplifies the TripFiction concept: see a place through an author's eyes, combine it with a cracking read, and add a serial murderer for tension and pathos. And if you know Newcastle at all you can accompany the characters from the Quayside to Corbridge (along the A69 no less), from the Bridge Inn to Baltic. If you don't yet know Newcastle, pop this book in your bag when you schedule a visit, it will add an extra dimension to your visit. It has well researched local colour, gritty characters and a quality that just exemplifies the famous "Toon". This is a piece of modern day Geordieland....

"Daniels walked to the window and looked out at the Millennium Bridge; a giant curved structure known locally as the 'blinking eye'. Her own eyes followed a large party of students making their way across the river to the Baltic, a converted flour mill, now a centre for contemporary art, the largest gallery of its type in the world. For a miserable November day, it was attracting a lot of interest. Daniels wondered if there was a special exhibition on. She and Jo Soulsby had been there many times. It was a favourite haunt of theirs. Most days it was crammed with an eclectic mix of lunching ladies, tourists, art buffs and shoppers. The food was excellent, the view from the rooftop restaurant stunning." (extract from the Murder Wall).  You can buy the book here

And this is the view Daniels was looking at, a photo by one of the North's very own emerging talent:

Courtesy of Ed Bookless Photography


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