US author set to visit Whitby

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ONE of the world’s best selling authors will be riding in to Whitby on a steam train this weekend.

American writer Jodie Picoult is visiting Yorkshire after reading a book by Yorkshire author Mike Pannett.

She was intrigued by the pictures of Yorkshire so Mike invited her to come and see the area for herself.

Her visit co-incides with the 40s weekend and Ms Picoult will arrive at Pickering station around 11.30am on Sunday before boarding the noon steam service to Whitby.

She will see the vast North Yorkshire moors on her way to Whitby, accompanied by former bobby Mr Pannett, arriving at around 1.35pm.

It is her first visit to Britain and Yorkshire and she will be bringing with her some advance copies of her very latest novel, “Sing You Home”.

The author has written 20 novels including My Sister’s Keeper, which was adapted for the big screen.

Ms Picoult has a series of engagements during her visit including the Scarborough Literary Festival.

Jodie Picoult is married with three children and lives in New Hampshire.

She received a degree in creative writing from Princeton and a Master’s degree from Harvard in Education.

Her novels centre on family, relationships and the balance of love. Riveting plots bring to light questions and issues that remain with a reader long after the last page is turned.