Thursday, July 24, 2008

Richer than the Queen

Not too far into The Explosionist, a murder takes place in a fancy Edinburgh hotel room. When I was writing the scene, I decided to set it at the alternate-universe version of one of Edinburgh's real-world luxury hotels - and some time afterwards, I was very delighted to read the stories about J. K. Rowling checking into a hotel to write the final scenes of the Harry Potter saga, because the hotel she stayed at was the exact same one that made an appearance in my novel!

Now the rooms she stayed in have been renamed the J. K. Rowling Suite, and you can book the suite yourself for £965/night - that's close to $2000 at current exchange rates...

Here's the hotel's website, and here's a longer story at the Telegraph. Many thanks to Wendy for the link!

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