HT Mashup: Features

Novelist dunnit

Scarborough author Kate Evans is celebrating an excellent start to 2015 following the successful publication of her first novel.

Her book, The Art of the Imperfect, is a crime novel set in Scarborough which she has been writing on and off for the best part of a decade. It is the first of a trilogy of fiction books, all set in Scarborough, and has as its plot the investigation of a brutal murder in the town.

“I live in Scarborough and I love Scarborough, so it was the obvious place for me to set the novel,” says Kate.

“I hope my love of Scarborough comes through. I’ve tried to respect the character of the town and not tried to create either a picture of a crime-ridden, crumbling resort or a holiday brochure.

Author's story of sibling secrets

Locally born novellist Sandra Danby has a new book out this month. Ignoring Gravity tells the story of Rose Haldane, who has always felt somehow different from her sister but did not know why. Unknown to her, she was adopted. Discovering her mother's diaries, Rose sets out on a detective trail about her own identity.

Pub share campaign takes off

Hunmanby's White Swan Inn could become a community pub if enough local people back an innovative campaign.

The plan is to issue community shares aimed at raising the funds to buy the White Swan from Enterprise Inns and begin a programme of repair and refurbishment. A prospectus outlines the SOS group's proposals for the White Swan to provide activities and services for residents of, and visitors to, Hunmanby. Shares  cost £100 each. The minimum investment is 2 shares, ie £200.

Find out more from and the SOS group website at


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