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Initial post: 16 Nov 2009 18:09:29 GMT
Dlp100 says:
hi guys i'm looking for fiction books set in Leeds or the Yorkshire area.

Posted on 16 Nov 2009 18:48:39 GMT
Dorothy Koomson writes books based in Leeds and they are great. Maybe more romantic fiction but good still.

Posted on 16 Nov 2009 19:44:45 GMT
Bill Broady.

Posted on 16 Nov 2009 21:01:07 GMT
C. Rucroft says:
Yep, Dorothy Koomson. The Cupid Effect is set in Headingley, home of my beloved Leeds Rhinos!

Posted on 16 Nov 2009 22:37:49 GMT
Milly Johnson - she writes about Barnsley Leeds and Yorkshire

Posted on 16 Nov 2009 23:06:47 GMT
LEP says:
Well there's the Herriott vet books of course.

Posted on 17 Nov 2009 00:03:50 GMT
Peter Debney says:
The Brontes and J.B.priestly wrote one or two books in the area.

For modern writings, I can recommend Kethani by Eric Brown.

Posted on 17 Nov 2009 01:32:53 GMT
N. Bowerman says:
Jeremy Dyson's 'Never Trust a Rabbit' has stories set in Leeds.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2009 14:09:28 GMT
P. E. Gibson says:
David Peace's Yorkshire Quartet is set in West Yorkshire. Mainly in Leeds but also in Osset, Wakefield and Bradford. These books are awesome.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2009 18:38:06 GMT
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"Torc of Moonlight" by Linda Acaster is a supernatural thriller, or paranormal if you must, set in Hull and on the North York Moors. It's getting good reviews. Sample chapters at

Posted on 17 Nov 2009 19:19:56 GMT
C. Rucroft says:
I come from Thirsk, and as this is the home of James Herriot, I'm not aware of any set in Leeds? As far as I know, they are all set in North Yorkshire x

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2009 21:39:53 GMT
LEP says:
The OP does say Leeds or Yorkshire, C Rucroft!

Posted on 18 Nov 2009 13:42:53 GMT
Eileen Shaw says:
To Ryan - Do you mean the Bill Broady who wrote the book: In This Block There Lives A Slag?
I didn't know he lives in Leeds, must invite him to my Book Group's next meeting!

Posted on 18 Nov 2009 17:50:32 GMT
London Spy says:
J B Priestley's The Good Companions has the fictitious town of Bruddersford, based on Bradford.
John Braine's Room at the Top is set in Bingley. Stan Barstow's A Kind of Loving is set in Cressley, a fictitious
Yorkshire town. Barbara Taylor Bradford's A Woman of Substance starts in Leeds. Winifred Holtby's South Riding
is a set in Yorkshire. Keith Waterhouses's Billy Liar is set in the invented Yorkshire town of Stradhoughton. Philip
Hensher's The Northern Clemency is more recent, a big family story set in 70s to 90s Sheffield.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2009 20:03:42 GMT
Furny says:
Dirty Leeds by Robert Endeacott. I saw the book in the window of my local bookshop. You can look it up on here too, it's about the Football club,the City and it's people.
Furny x

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2009 00:56:16 GMT
Try the detective fiction of Robert Barnard, most set in west Yorkshire, Leeds Shipley etc

Posted on 20 Nov 2009 01:37:04 GMT
Hi Stuart Pawson writes crime fiction set in and around leeds.His first book (1 of 13 so far) is The picasso scam.

Posted on 20 Nov 2009 12:06:02 GMT
Louizalass says:
Reginald Hill's Dalziel & Pascoe books are set in Yorkshire. Highly recommended!

Posted on 25 Nov 2009 21:46:38 GMT
K. AUSTIN says:
richard mccann about growing up in leeds after his mum was killed by yorkshire ripper

Posted on 14 Mar 2010 15:30:54 GMT
slb says:
trying to find details of fiction books which were about a coloured detective based in headingley in leeds in the 1950s.

Posted on 14 Mar 2010 16:18:50 GMT
ScaryClare says:
Peter Robinson writes the Inspector Banks novels set in the Yorkshire area.
David Peace's 'Damned United' (on which the film was based) is obviously about Brian Clough taking over Leeds United as manager. His others are also loosely based on the hunt for the Yorkshire ripper (Red Riding Quartet) and were recently serialised on Channel 4.
Susanna Clarke's 'Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell' starts in York (esp. the Old Starre Inn on Stonegate) although the action does later move to Fairy and London.
If I think of more, I will post them.

Posted on 14 Mar 2010 17:44:08 GMT
Librarian says:
"Behind the Scenes at the Museum" by Kate Atkinson is set in 1950's/60's York.

Posted on 14 Mar 2010 18:30:02 GMT
katimushu says:
I was born in Leeds. What an awesome topic for discussion!!

Posted on 15 Mar 2010 23:13:29 GMT
God's Own Country by Ross Raisin, about a disturbed young man working on his family's farm in the Yorkshire Dales. I enjoyed it - and I'm a Lancastrian!

Posted on 16 Mar 2010 19:00:24 GMT
Kay says:
I'll second 'God's Own Country' by Ross Raisin ... creepy but absolutely engrossing.
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