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Liverpool 'fertile ground for writers'

16th April 2010

Liverpool is 'incomparable' as a setting for novels, romance writer Jane Costello has claimed.

Writing in the Liverpool Daily Echo, the My Single Friend author said the fact that she grew up the north-west city is just one reason why she finds herself constantly setting her works in the area.

'I follow a long list of other writers in choosing to set my book in the city - writers of a vast array of genres, from romantic sagas to comedies to sweeping historical novels,' she explained.

Costello, who recently won the Romantic Novelists' Association's Romantic Comedy Award for The Nearly-Weds, added Liverpool's rich and tumultuous history makes it attractive to authors - especially those who want to write about the past.

The author cited Barry Unsworth's 'unforgettable novel' Sacred Hunger as one of the best examples of books which take elements of the city's history and use it as inspiration for a 'fascinating' story.

Last month, the city's literary heritage was celebrated in the Liverpool Daily Post's LiveRead festival, which was supported by authors such as Costello and horror writer Ramsey Campbell.

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