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Lewes in fiction and film

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On 19 Sep 2016 at 7:58am Earl of Lewes wrote:
I've just finished reading John Fowles' novel The Collector, in which a man abducts someone and keeps them prisoner in a cottage a few miles away from Lewes. Lewes is mentioned many times, when the main character drives here to buy things for his victim. Can anyone suggest other books or films that feature Lewes?
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 8:36am Grunge wrote:
I dimly remember one of those B feature black and white Edgar Lustgarten crime films. Can't remember the name.
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 8:44am Rookie wrote:
The film Jigsaw has several scenes filmed in Lewes.
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 9:15am DM Stone wrote:
My novel, Loss of Light, is set in Lewes. Its available on Amazon in kindle and paperback format. Got some very nice comments on here when it came out.
I'm especially delighted to say that, from tomorrow, it will also be available from the wonderful Boon Books on the High Street.
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 9:25am Shameus wrote:
Loss of Light is a good read. I had a brief look at first, reading just a few pages, and thought this ain't up to much. I returned to read it properly, finding as it developed it's really quite good. Have you a follow-up DM?
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 9:30am DM Stone wrote:
Thanks... I'm working on another one, but it's not set in Lewes. I'm sure I'll return to Lewes for another one. There's just too much material
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 9:44am DM Stone wrote:
BTW, it's had a good edit since the early version.
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 11:36am Ed Can Do wrote:
Lewes features in most of the Peter James books about Roy Grace, mainly because of the Police HQ but other locations pop up from time to time in there too.
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 12:48pm Suzi wrote:
William Nicholson has written at least two novels which are based in Lewes and surrounding villages. I recall one featured a character from Landport and a posh family from I think, Beddingham.
 
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 12:53pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
Yes, I've read the William Nicholson novels and thought they were very good.
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 1:23pm TDA wrote:
In my humble opinion Peter James has produced some of the worst books ever written in the English language.
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 1:35pm Danny wrote:
The family from number one end street by Eve Garnet was supposedly set in Lewes. My mum told me the road in the book was New Road. I think it was a Penguin book.
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 2:57pm William de Valence wrote:
Enjoyed Loss of light but bit scared on Wiley's bridge at night now!
There is a novel about a disappeared child set in Tide Mills, can't remember title or author but the library have a copy. I have never read anything by Virginia Woolf but she must have written something about Lewes I would imagine?
I agree Peter James books are rather basic but quite enjoyable if you know the area.
I think someone could write a great series in the style of Phil Rickmans books which feature Hereford. Lots of mystery, history,supernatural shenanigans and general naughtiness.
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 4:56pm Bill de Duvet wrote:
I likes a good read under me quilt.
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On 19 Sep 2016 at 11:27pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
Why seven thumbs downs for me saying I liked William Nicholson's novels set in Lewes? Not the most controversial statement is it? And why did Rookie get more thumbs downs than up for stating the bald fact that Lewes appears in the film Jigsaw? I'll invite more scorn and loathing no doubt if I mention that Matthew de Abaitua's sci-fi/dystopian novel If Then is set in Lewes. Come on then thumbs downers...do your worst.
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On 20 Sep 2016 at 7:34am Schoolboy Film wrote:
Way back in the 60's a young chap called Graham Kerwin made a short satirical film. Shot in Lewes and featuring masters and pupils from Mountfield Road Grammar. Does it still exist ?
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On 20 Sep 2016 at 1:45pm Twister wrote:
"Three Round Towers" by Beverley Elphick is set in and around Lewes at the end of the 18th Century and "Hope Cottage" by Julian Fane is about a family who swap their flat in London for their friends' cottage in Lewes for twelve months.
 
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On 21 Sep 2016 at 8:34am reader wrote:
Graham Greene - an early novel called I think 'The man within.'
 
 
On 21 Sep 2016 at 10:01pm Taff wrote:
National Velvet!
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On 22 Sep 2016 at 11:30am Paul wrote:
Racetrack scenes in Brighton Rock based on Greene's visits to Lewes Racecourse and criminal activity there. Mat Head's children's book - Waldorf corn cob caper - is set at Spring Barn Farm.


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