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Chef cooks up Cromer-set sequel to debut fiction novel

PUBLISHED: 14:23 20 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:39 20 August 2019

Adam Longden's second fiction novel, Seaside Skeletons is mainly set in Cromer. Author picture. Pictures: supplied by Adam Longden

Adam Longden's second fiction novel, Seaside Skeletons is mainly set in Cromer. Author picture. Pictures: supplied by Adam Longden

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Fiction author and full-time chef Adam Longden has set his second novel, a dark and romantic thriller, in Cromer.

Book cover for Adam Longden's second fiction novel, Seaside Skeletons. Pictures: supplied by Adam LongdenBook cover for Adam Longden's second fiction novel, Seaside Skeletons. Pictures: supplied by Adam Longden

Seaside Skeletons is the sequel to The Caterpillar Girl and brings the seaside town vividly to life in the summer of 1989.

The author, from Nottingham, has holidayed on the north Norfolk coast since he was a child, and now returns with his children.

While the 44-year-old has spent his whole adult life working in the catering industry, writing has always been his creative passion.

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This reached fruition when The Caterpillar Girl, described by one reviewer as 'Cider With Rosie meets Stephen King', was published in October 2016. The book garnered rave reviews.

He said: "Without giving away too much of the plot for people who haven't read the books yet, the two main characters, Jack and Daisy, end up holed-up and lying low for their own protection.

"The location had to be somewhere far enough away, but also a place that I knew very well. Therefore, setting the book in Cromer was an obvious choice for me. Since childhood, I have holidayed up and down the north Norfolk coast, pretty much every year - from Hunstanton to the Broads.

"My father also lived in Norfolk for 23 years. I am very fond of the area and know it so well - it almost feels like a second home to me. Coincidentally, my proofreader lives in the Cromer area, too - a fact I was totally unaware of until she pointed this out to me whilst working on the sequel. As you can imagine, this also came in very useful."

He has also penned four yet-to-be released novellas that he can't wait to see published. As with all his written work, he describes them as "quirky" and "a little dark".

The book is published by Goldcrest Books. Signed paperback copies of both Seaside Skeletons and The Caterpillar Girl are available to buy through his website www.adamlongden.com

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