Writer makes his Mark with second crime book

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Lancaster Royal Grammar School isn’t shy when it comes to producing literary success stories.

This is the second week running I’m featuring a former LRGS pupil who is now writing books.

Last week I spoke to Matthew Pink who has just penned his first novel – a crime story called Scafell.

This week’s featured author is Mark Sanderson, a journalist writing mainly for the Sunday Telegraph and Evening Standard.

Mark who went to the boys’ grammar and is now living back in Lancaster, had a memoir published in 2002 to widespread acclaim.

Wrong Rooms was described by Melvyn Bragg as “one of the most moving memoirs I have ever read.”

It told the emotionally


raw story of how Mark watched the love of his life, Drew, die from skin cancer within a couple of years of meeting him through a lonely hearts ad.

Since then, Mark has turned to crime writing and has just written the second book in a crime trilogy centred around John Steadman, an ambitious young journalist.

The Whispering Gallery is set in 30s London and to catch a killer, John must set himself up as bait – with police and a fascinated public looking on.

A Daily Mirror Book of the Week , we’ve got three signed copies of The Whispering Gallery to give away.

Simply send the answer to the question below with contact details including a phone number to Whispering Gallery Competition, c/o Debbie Butler, The Visitor office, Victoria Street, Morecambe LA4 4AG. All entries to be received by noon on Thursday May 16.

Question: In which city is The Whispering Gallery set?