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As grip lit keeps its hold on readers, Margaret James looks at why we love it, and how to write it

As 2018 gets into its stride, it’s clear millions of readers are still hooked on stories about apparently ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations, a genre many publishers define as grip lit.

I asked three authors who write grip lit to tell me more.

Sally Jenkins, Writing Magazine subscriber and author of The Promise (Book Guild Publishing), says: ‘I’m fascinated by the impact the past can have on the present. Our childhood relationships with our parents can impact, for good or bad, on how we live our lives as adults. Also, people from our past can reappear.

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