If you have stayed at our House in the North Retreat, then you’re sure to have picked up owner and writer Judith O’Reilly’s first book ‘Wife in the North’ which she wrote about her life in this small hamlet between the coastal villages of Bamburgh and Seahouses after previously living in London.
She has now taken her first steps into fiction writing with the upcoming release of her debut novel, Killing State – a pacy, page-turning thriller about extra-governmental hitman Michael North – drawing on her experience as a former political producer with Newsnight and Channel 4 News. It is set in London and Newcastle, and Northumberland even gets a look in when the hero makes a quick getaway to a thinly disguised Holy Island and Seahouses. The book is already picking up great reviews from the likes of leading thriller writers Mick Herron and has support from Frederick Forsyth.
As well as Wife in the North (2008), Judith also wrote the non-fiction title ‘A Year of Doing Good’ (2013) when she did a good deed a day for a year. A former education correspondent for The Sunday Times, she still writes regularly for this weekend title.
She also frequently stays in her former family home, House in the North, and you’re sure to find touches of her literary self in this five-bedroom Retreat.
We can’t wait to get our hands on Killing State and will be running a giveaway of the book when it is released in paperback in March. If you’d like to read it before then, the ebook is available to download on November 6. Both formats can be preordered now.