Lucie Whitehouse was born in Gloucestershire in 1975. She read Classics at Oxford University and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of The House at Midnight, the TV Book Club pick; The Bed I Made and Before We Met, which was also a Richard & Judy pick and an ITV3 Crime Book Club selection. Her latest novel is Keep You Close, published by Bloomsbury. You can buy the book here.
Lucie Whitehouse shares her five most influential books.
Enid Blyton was catnip to me when I was a child – I have precise memories of our copy of The Magic Faraway Tree in its shiny pea-green cover. Of all her books, though, Smuggler’s Top was the one. It had it all: a wild gothic location – the weird house on the Top with its network of catacombs; smugglers; mad scientists, and a sinister manservant named Block. Spot the eight-year-old who loved malign forces at work in darkness… Small wonder I grew up to write suspense; this helped plant the seed.
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