Scenes From Provincial Life

Three leading novelists report on stories from their home patch.


01Abdulrazak Gurnah In Kent19980115

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel `Paradise', Abdulrazak Gurnah came to England from Zanzibar thirty years ago.

He now sets out to meet the Czech and Slovak Romanies seeking asylum in Dover, and compares their experience of displacement and arrival with his own.

02Martyn Bedford On Ilkley Moor19980122

Bradford Council has banned grouse shooting on the municipal moor, intensifying the feud between urban and rural.

Martyn Bedford, whose best-selling novel `Acts of Revision' is about revenge, scents out the rumpus.

03 LASTVal Mcdermid In Manchester19980129

The award-winning crime writer steps out in Manchester's Gay Village in search of a plot.