Sarah Rayne's first novel was published in 1982, and for several years she juggled writing books with working in property, pounding an elderly typewriter into the small hours in order to meet deadlines.
Much of the inspiration for her dark psychological thrillers comes from the histories and atmospheres of old buildings, a fact that is strongly apparent in many of her settings - Mortmain House in A Dark Dividing, Twygrist Mill in Spider Light, and the eerie cliff-top ruins in The Bell Tower.
She has written more than 30 books to date, and her work has met with considerable acclaim, with Tower of Silence being long-listed for the 2005 Theakston's Award. Her books are also published in America, as well as having been translated into German, Dutch, Russian and Turkish.
Following eight widely-read stand-alone novels, in 2011 came the six haunted-house books, featuring the Oxford don, Michael Flint, and the antiques dealer, Nell West, who made their debut in Property of a Lady.
The video about the creation of these books can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJijG-DqcZo
These were followed by the psychological thriller mystery series, with the music historian and researcher, Phineas Fox, at the heart of each book.
In 2023 Sarah launched the ‘Theatre of Thieves‘ series, which introduced the Fitzglens, who are very proud of their reputation as one of Edwardian London’s leading theatrical families – but who also pursue, very discreetly, another profession… When not on stage, they are extremely successful thieves.
Several years ago Sarah greatly enjoyed writing six contemporary horror books, which have recently re-issued in e-Book format. In addition, her much-loved 'Wolfking' fantasy series has been re-issued in e-Book format.
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