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Writing A Thriller: In Conversation with Tara Guha at Burnley Literature Festival

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Two novelists from either side of the Pennines in fascinating conversation about writing a thriller, the current popularity of psychological thrillers and how their respective home counties influence their work.

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.

Praise for Eden Summer:

'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 lives in Lancashire and won the Luke Bitmead Bursary in 2014.  Her first novel, a psychological thriller entitled Untouchable Things, came out in September 2015.

Praise for Untouchable Things:

‘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