Most of my books have relatively vague locations. Somewhere in Yorkshire… a few miles from Newquay… between Glasgow and Edinburgh…
Chosen Child, however, is set in lovely St Ives, and the main action in Death Wish takes place in Glasgow, in the Langside area, where I stay when I visit my old home town. In the book, two neighbouring families have to deal with death-related conflicts. Recently, I went for a tramp on the streets eight-year-old Joya and family would know so well.
You can’t tell exactly where Joya’s home is by the descriptions in the book, but there are only a handful of streets it could be. Joya’s mum describes it: …a big detached house, built in the warm, red sandstone typical of the area, with lovely reception rooms downstairs and three good-sized double bedrooms upstairs. Maybe it’s the street below.
So there you have it, a flavour of Joya’s world. If anyone wants to look on a map, click here. Langside Station is at the bottom, and Joya lives in one of the streets nearby. The park is at the top. Have a go on Street View, start at the river and try the killer hill (Millbrae Road) for yourself!