Two novelists and friends from either side of the Pennines in fascinating conversation about writing a thriller, the current popularity of psychological thrillers and the part their home counties have had to play in their writing.
Liz Flanagan grew up in Hebden Bridge and returned there 10 years ago to raise her daughters. Until recently, Flanagan ran the Ted Hughes Arvon centre and has previously worked as a commissioning editor in the children's book trade. Her debut novel ‘Eden Summer’ is a young adult thriller, set in Hebden Bridge.
'Dazzling. Utterly gripping. Writing so fresh every chapter leaves you gasping for air and SO tautly plotted it hurts. If you're going to read one book about the true nature of friendship let it be Eden Summer.' Brian Conaghan, Carnegie Medal shortlisted author of When Mr Dog Bites
Tara Guha is the winner of the 2014 Luke Bitmead Bursary and ‘Untouchable Things’ is her debut novel, a psychological thriller which came out in September 2015. Born to an Indian father and English mother Tara spent her childhood in the Ribble Valley, passing many a wet day writing poetry and music. After studying English at Cambridge University she embarked on a career in PR, promoting artists including Placido Domingo & Paul McCartney. Tara now lives in Hebden Bridge with her partner and two daughters.
‘A highly accomplished debut. An intriguing group of characters draw you in to an intoxicating world of tangled relationships and insecurities. Beautifully written with an outstanding ensemble cast.’ Bestselling author Linda Green.