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Books set in Whitby

Whitby is a place that inspires creativity. It always has been – just take a look at all the fantastic artists and galleries in the town. Many creatives live and work in Whitby and use our stunning coastline to inform their work.

Our town also inspires novelists and we’re always on the lookout for new books which make Whitby their backdrop. Take a look at some of the books set in Whitby.

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Probably the most famous novel that features our haunting town is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Tourists flock to our streets thanks to a novel from 1897. When you visit, you can enjoy the Dracula Experience, set out on Dracula ghost walk and come along to one of our twice yearly Whitby Goth Festivals.

The Whitby Witches – Robin Jarvis

Robin Jarvis’ trilogy The Whitby Witches follow siblings Ben and Jennet Boston as they arrive in Whitby to live with their Aunt Alice. They discover they’re not the only ones hiding secret powers as mysterious events start happening all over town.

Started Early, Took My Dog – Kate Atkinson

Don’t jump right in to buying this one, it’s the fourth in the Jackson Brodie series by the fantastic Kate Atkinson. In this installment, hero Jackson admires the Gothic wonder of our town as he seeks to solve the mysteries unfolding around him.

Whitby harbour and town

Possession – A.S. Byatt

This beautiful novel takes place between Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Through its pages, you visit lots of the stunning places across our beautiful county. Follow the lives of two young scholars as they dive into the complicated relationship between two Victorian poets.

Never the Bride – Paul Magrs

Brenda was never destined for a quiet life. However, she didn’t expect her move to Whitby to be quite so adventurous. Relocating to the town to run a B&B and get some well-earned rest with her friend Effie. However, things in Whitby aren’t as relaxing as they first seem thanks to psychic investigators and satanic beauty salons.

A Deadly Thaw – Sarah Ward

If you’re a thriller fan, you’ll want to have a read of Sarah Ward’s A Deadly Thaw. Lena Fisher went to prison for suffocating her husband. But, years later after her release, his body is found. So, who did Lena kill 12 years ago? With suspicious circumstances and mysterious trips to Whitby, this is a fantastic local thriller.

Shadowmancer – G. P. Taylor

Set in and around Whitby, this fantasy novel explores lots of history, folklore and smuggling and a sorcerer with a mind set to seize the highest power in the universe. Can the heroes of this Christian allegorical tale succeed in defeating the sorcerer?

So, the next time you’re looking for something to read, why not pick up one of these books set in Whitby and combine your love of reading with your favourite place?

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