The inspiration behind Jacqui Lofthouse's literary thriller, Bluethroat Morning.

Repost from author Jacqui Lofthouse's The Writing Coach website



There will be daily posts including exclusive extracts, interviews with Jacqui Lofthouse and reviews of the novel, leading up to official publication day on 22nd May.


We’d love it if you could help us to celebrate this new edition of the novel by sharing this post or other posts from the blog tour.


Jacqui writes:


This book is close to my heart and I’d love to reach as many new readers as possible. Set on the North Coast of Norfolk, this is a literary mystery with a nineteenth century subplot. I hope it will entice you and keep you turning the pages.


In writing the novel, I researched deeply on the subject of the links between creativity and despair. It was my findings in that area that led me to develop ways that we might break such links and move towards a more positive vision of the creative life  – and eventually to my founding of The Writing Coach.


I hope you will be drawn into Harry’s world, as he investigates the suicide of his wife Alison Bliss – a tale that had been generations in the making.


The poster above shows where the novel will be featured each day. Do help us to spread the word by following the tour. We’d love to know what you make of the novel!




To entice you, here are a few earlier quotes on ‘Bluethroat Morning’ from its initial publication in 2000. The digital edition is available at a special pre-publication price of 99p/99c until May 21st and you can find the book here.


‘A thriller full of twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing. Every word is magical, almost luminous.’ – Daily Mail


‘A moving read, threaded through with mystery and excitement.’ – Good Housekeeping Magazine


‘A classic tale of longing.’ – Time Out


‘There are many elements to savour in this novel: the intertwining of past and present; the struggle to write and the responsibility of writing about others’ lives. Best of all, Lofthouse has a fine eye for the bleak Norfolk landscape and how it both reflects and affects characters’ moods.’ – Tracy Chevalier author of Girl with a Pearl Earring


‘Captures the spacey feel of Norfolk well – an engaging read, intriguingly structured, tough in some of its insights, and sexy too.’ – Lindsay Clarke, author of The Chymical Wedding, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Fiction


‘Those who feel the reading public’s love of the 19th century Gothic mystery may be abating will be given pause by this latest entry in the field of pastiche. This is a considerable piece, full of subtle characterization and a well-chosen raft of literary underpinnings.’ – Publishing News


‘The intertwining of the two main stories is very skilfully done, as is the delicacy and understanding she brings to the key themes – suicide, creativity, love and especially paternal love. Very moving.’ – Henry Sutton, novelist and co-director MA Creative Writing, UEA