Anna Sayburn Lane is the author of the Helen Oddfellow mystery novels.
Like Helen, Anna is inspired by literature, London and long walks.
Unlawful Things was written after she walked the sixty miles from London’s Southwark Cathedral to Canterbury. During the three-day walk, she discovered that Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, born in Canterbury, is buried in an unmarked grave in Deptford. That sparked the idea for her debut novel, Unlawful Things.
The Peacock Room was prompted by a line in a William Blake poem. The Crimson Thread is a return to Canterbury, inspired by the history of the cathedral city, while Folly Ditch takes inspiration from the Victorian author Charles Dickens, with his links to both London and Kent.
Anna has published award-winning short stories and was picked as a “Crime in the Spotlight” new author at the 2019 Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival. Her 2018 debut novel Unlawful Things was shortlisted for the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer award.
She lives between London and the Kent coast. Anna also works as a journalist, mainly in the medical and health arena.
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