Sophie Rivers is attending a writing course when a fellow student is found dead. Although glamorous Nyree hadn't done a lot to endear herself to Sophie, nevertheless she didn't deserve to meet such a squalid end.
A course tutor then goes missing and it is clear that one of Sophie's fellow students is responsible…
Every aspiring writer ought to go on a residential writing course. You mix with your peers and get advice from professionals. Fortunately not all writing courses involve the sort of mayhem that meet Chris Groom's disapproving eye.
Eyre House is based on Soho House in Birmingham, originally the home of the industrialist Matthew Boulton. When you go to see this beautiful eighteenth century house now, it seems inconceivable that it was once the grubby, run-down building which I transplanted to the Sandwell Valley.
30 May 1996
An impressive skill… most remarkable restraint and perceptive sympathy… a very enjoyable book.
Thoroughly sharp, modern, witty, and literate.