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Christopher Fowler
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One of the peculiarities of appearing at literary festivals is that people always ask you if you're having a great time, to which my pal Joanne Harris replied with just the right amount of testiness; 'We're working at the weekend.' Usually for nothing more than the love of books and (hopefully, if they've been ordered) some books sales. It's true; people do tend to think you're swanning around…
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Christopher Fowler
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Every year Harrogate hosts Britain's biggest gathering of crime writers and their readers at the Old Swan Hotel, and the four-day event, called the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, is usually a sell-out. People in Yorkshire are avid readers (and drinkers of the eponymous beer) but there are also visitors from all over the world. It's not surprising; even before you get to the…
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Christopher Fowler
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The French have dainty, succulent pastries decorated with chantilly creme. The North has rock cakes you could use as door-stops. More precisely, Betty's Team Rooms specialise in the kind of sturdy brown crack-your-dentures tea fare that epitomises the true horror that is the English cake, partaken of by tough old birds in winter overcoats and sturdy boots. In August. Yes, I'm off to Harrogate once…
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