I\’ve been in Northumberland researching my next Carey novels. The latest one \”An Air of Treason\” is coming out in the spring of 2014, published by Poisoned Pen Press and this trip is for the ones after that. Carey and Dodd are finally on their way north at the end of \”An Air of Treason\” and the next three books will take place on the Borders again.
I checked out the (fictional) Sergeant Dodd\’s stamping ground of Gilsland where I also walked along Hadrian\’s wall for a bit. I\’ve been staying at Haltwhistle which claims to be the Centre of Britain – which is also the name of a hotel that\’s in an old pele tower (spelling is correct, though you can also spell it \”peel\” as that\’s how it\’s pronounced). These were the simple defensive towers surnames built to take refuge in when another surname came and attacked them. I had a very hearty dinner at the Black Bull pub – black pudding stack with stilton and haggis (yum!) and pork belly with black pudding. Yes, I have a thing for black pudding.
I\’m now in Berwick-upon-Tweed which might have been where Sir Robert Carey was born and was almost certainly where he spent a lot of his childhood. I walked all round the very impressive ramparts and through the town which is mainly 18th century. The ramparts are 16th century and were built under the supervision of Carey\’s father, Lord Hunsdon. And I had a wonderful Sunday lunch at a restaurant called Audela – parsley soup with black pudding and poached egg (yum!), cheese soufflé with apple and walnut salad (yum!) and poached pear in wine with ice cream (yummity yum yum!) The cakes looked pretty good as well but I Was Strong.
So. Would anyone like me to list places they could visit that feature in Carey\’s life story?