Sheila Quigley

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Sheila Quigley (born 18 July 1947) is a British author of thrillers.


Sheila Quigley became a national news story when Random House acquired her first novel, Run For Home, with major coverage throughout the press and television.[1] A documentary about Sheila and the making of Run for Home was broadcast on BBC1.

Sheila lived on the Homelands Estate in Houghton-le-Spring near Durham, opposite a field which became the fictional location of the council housing estate in her Seahills books.

Homicide in Houghton[edit]

As part of the Houghton Feast celebrations each October, Sheila and local historian Paul Lanagan lead an investigation which visits the fictional murder scenes from Sheila's novels. The tours typically depart from Houghton library, trail across the town and return to the library where attendees are treated to a sneak preview of Sheila's next novel.

Personal life[edit]

Quigley began work at the age of 15 in Hepworths, a tailoring factory where she was employed as a presser.

She married when she was 18 but was later divorced. She has three daughters and a son from the relationship.[2]


These novels are set in the fictional estate of Seahills in Houghton-le-Spring in the City of Sunderland.

  • Run for Home (2004)
  • Bad Moon Rising (2005)
  • Living on a Prayer (2006)
  • Every Breath You Take (2007)
  • Hungry Eyes (short story) (2008)
  • Black Betty (short story) (2009)
  • The Road to Hell (2009)
  • Stand By Me (2011)

Run for Home, Bad Moon Rising, Living on a Prayer and Every Breath You Take were published by Random. Hungry Eyes was published as part of Creme de la Crime Ltd's Criminal Tendencies book, which was released in April 2009 to help raise funds for a breast cancer charity, and was a short story set in the Seahills. In 2011 it was published as a bonus story inside Nowhere Man, showing how the two series of books are linked. Black Betty was another Seahills short story, published by Byker Books in the anthology, 'Radgepacket Vol 2'. The Road to Hell was published by Tonto Books.

In September 2010, Sheila published the first of a trilogy of novels, featuring the new lead character of DI Mike Yorke and his sidekick Smiler, a psychic street kid.

  • Thorn in My Side (2010)
  • Nowhere Man (2011)
  • The Final Countdown (2012)


  1. ^ "Grandmother has write stuff". BBC. 6 May 2003. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
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