The Lantern is a modern gothic novel, inspired by a crumbling hamlet in Provence. When I began writing, it was going to be an homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, with its young heroine who finds her man becomes more mysterious to her the longer she is with him.
Along the way it became a novel about perfume and blindness and the past life of houses, and also about books, reading and the imagination.
And while the story was all in my mind, the beauty of the Luberon region that provides the backdrop was just there to be captured in words…
Published in the UK in June 2011 by Orion
Published in the US in August 2011 by HarperCollins