The Crimson Petal and the White is the best novel I've ever read, I think. And I've read LOADS. I am going to work my way through all his novels little by little, all the time marvelling at how amazingly well he writes.
If I can write half as well then I'll be happy. He sounds like an interesting guy too!
Coincidentally, there was an article on the BBC WEBSITE today about a landslip that has exposed bones at a graveyard in Whitby. The main character in The hundred and ninety-nine steps, Sian, is an archeologist on a dig at Whitby Abbey and some bones are uncovered... Weird!