As a reader, I like a sense of place in the stories I read and so it's something I try to achieve as a writer. In Loose Connection, that place is present day London.
I am endlessly fascinated by London. I'm no stranger to the city. It's in my DNA. It's where I was born and grew up. London is vibrant and alive, weird and wonderful, quirky. It's also frustrating, hard and dirty. It's all these things, and million more besides.
The writer Peter Ackroyd in London, The Biography likened the city to a living organism. More than just bricks and mortar, stone and concrete, glass and tarmac, London was something living and breathing. I think he hit the nail on the head. I no longer live in the centre like I used to. Now, trees and woods and fields are more the norm, and that's great too. But when I go back into the big, bad city? My pulse picks up and my blood rushes just that bit faster through my veins and I hear a voice whisper to me you're home, welcome back.
Who could resist writing about such a place?
A E Ryecart
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