Temptation is the Night

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Inspiration and characters from my 1920s novella

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Waterhouse's painting of The Lady of Shalott. This was where I started with my heroine. I love the pre-Raphaelites and though I'm not a huge fan of Tennyson, I've always loved that bit, 'The mirror cracked from side to side, the curse has come upon me cried the Lady of Shalott.'

The Lady of Shalott

Waterhouse's painting of The Lady of Shalott. This was where I started with my heroine. I love the pre-Raphaelites and though I'm not a huge fan of Tennyson, I've always loved that bit, 'The mirror cracked from side to side, the curse has come upon me cried the Lady of Shalott.'

The oyster bar in Grand Central. I adore oysters, one of my ambitions is to eat them here.

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For my upcoming book on American nightlife I’m including examples of some of the best continental style fine dining restaurants remaining in these United States. Mr. Sven A. Kirsten (of Book…

Grand Central Station plays a key role in Lyndsey and Jack's story.
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Grand Central Station plays a key role in Lyndsey and Jack's story.

Jack not only designs up-market cars but he races them at the legendary track, Brooklands

Jack not only designs up-market cars but he races them at the legendary track, Brooklands

My heroine is an artist. Her early paintings I imagined in the style of the Scottish colourist Cadell.

My heroine is an artist. Her early paintings I imagined in the style of the Scottish colourist Cadell.

The Cafe de Paris in London is one of the glitzy places where the Bright Young Things partied
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Cafe de Paris

Cafe de Paris, Leicester Square London - Free online booking, information & reviews. 3 Coventry Street,West End,London W1D 6BL.

I adore Joan Eardley's paintings, one of my favourites is in the Kelvingrove Gallery. This is the kind of thing I imagined my heroine Lyndsey painting later in her career

I adore Joan Eardley's paintings, one of my favourites is in the Kelvingrove Gallery. This is the kind of thing I imagined my heroine Lyndsey painting later in her career

Unreal City, Under the brown fog of a winter dawn, A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, I had not thought death had undone so many.  Eliot's Wasteland is one of my favourite ever poems, I thought of these lines when I tried to imagine how Jack felt, returned from the war, lost in a changed world that didn't understand what he'd been through
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Faber & Faber

Faber & Faber is one of the world's great publishing houses and home to T. S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, William Golding, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Kazuo Ishiguro, and more.

Suite in the Ritz hotel, where Lyndsey and Jack meet up

Suite in the Ritz hotel, where Lyndsey and Jack meet up

The Ritz Hotel, where Jack meets a friend for a drink

The Ritz Hotel, where Jack meets a friend for a drink

Temptation is the Night, with a bow to F Scott Fitzgerald!
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Temptation is the Night, with a bow to F Scott Fitzgerald!

I loved Washington Square when I visited NY, so this is where I set Lyndsey's home.
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I loved Washington Square when I visited NY, so this is where I set Lyndsey's home.

Heartbreaking letters written by Vera Brittain to close friends who suffered in the trenches. My hero Jack survived, and has a huge dose of survivor's guilt as well as shell-shock

Letters from a Lost Generation - First World War Letters of Vera Brittain and Four Friends: Roland Leighton, Edward Brittain, Victor Richardson, Geoffrey Thurlow

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The Lagonda, iconic British car, and the model for the type of thing Jack manufactures
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Lagonda

The Lagonda, iconic British car, and the model for the type of thing Jack manufactures

Grand Central Terminal plays a key role at the beginning and end of Lindsey and Jack's story
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Grand Central Terminal plays a key role at the beginning and end of Lindsey and Jack's story

War, especially the Great War, and it's impact on the society, fascinates me. This is one of many books on the subject that I've read.
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Great War and Modern Memory, The

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