Caroline Scott, author of 'The Photographer of the Lost' - Avoiding cliches from the past, bringing the Great War to life, and why editing is where things really come alive.

Caroline Scott's new novel is a 'Radio 2 Book Club Pick', high praise in British books, and is set in the murky time straight after the First World War. 'The Photographer of the Lost' sees Edie go in search of her "missing in action" husband Francis, after she receives a strange photograph in the post. It's a twisting, turning, slightly romantic mystery, which is a fantastic read.


We talk about why Caroline is fascinated by history, how she projects her ideas with the few facts surrounding the 'blank canvas' of that era. There's brilliant chat about plotting, planning and what she does when she has the initial idea - how does she then develop it into 300+ pages?


For Caroline, editing is where the story really comes alive, but she does find it the hardest part, picking through her beloved story to find the golden meat. We also chat about her fantastic writing spot, which I think... you may just be a teeny bit jealous of.


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