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  Today, we’re delighted to welcome Icelandic writer Lilja Sigurðardóttir to The Literary Lounge. Her novel, Trap, the second instalment in the Reykjavik Noir Trilogy, is published in the UK by Orenda this month.     LS: Lilja, thanks so much for joining us. You’re a playwright as well as a crime-fiction writer: which came … Continue readings

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    Crime-fiction writers love seaside settings – the myriad ways to kill people perhaps – so, it’s surely not that surprising that Hastings should have its moment in the sun in the Dr Jocasta Hughes’ series. The Literary Shed catches up with writer Candy Denman at one of her protagonist’s favourite bars. ‘This is … Continue readings

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  Today, we’re delighted to welcome writer TOM COX to The Literary Lounge. The author of nine non-fiction books – and friend to many felines, including the beautiful The Bear – Tom makes his fictional debut this month with the short story collection Help the Witch, published by Unbound. Tom, thanks so much for joining … Continue readings

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  Today, we’re delighted to welcome New Zealand writer extraordinaire VANDA SYMON to The Literary Lounge. Overkill, the first book featuring protagonist Sam Shephard, is published in the UK by Orenda. Vanda, thanks so much for spending time with us.     LS: I believe Overkill was the first novel you wrote and  published. How … Continue readings

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  Today, we’re delighted to welcome writer Mike Shanahan to The Literary Lounge. Mike’s beautiful book, Ladders to Heaven, is published by Unbound. It celebrates the fig tree, a ‘keystone species’ which sustains a huge number of animals and insects around the world and is also important not just in terms of our past but … Continue readings

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    Today, we’re delighted to welcome writer Patrick Kincaid to The Literary Lounge.  Patrick’s debut book, The Continuity Girl, is published by Unbound. It draws on iconic filmmaker Billy Wilder’s controversial and yet cult movie The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. We’re particularly excited as we love Sherlock in all his incarnations and yet … Continue readings

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  Today, we’re delighted to welcome writer Gina Kirkham to The Literary Lounge. Creator of Constable Mavis Upton, Gina publishes Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, the second outing for her hapless, humorous heroine, with Urbane Publications, in July 2018. First of all, welcome, Gina – thanks so much for joining us.   LS: Most people have one … Continue readings

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  We are delighted to welcome David Stuart Davies to The Literary Lounge. David is an acclaimed author, playwright, editor and expert on Sherlock Holmes – who also features in several of his crime novels. A member of The Detection Club, established in 1930 by a group of leading crime fiction writers, including Agatha Christie … Continue readings

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  Today, we’re delighted to welcome acclaimed writer Gunnar Staalesen to The Literary Lounge. Born in Norway, in 1947, Gunnar began writing at an early age. He has published poetry, plays and novels, but is probably most famous for the Nordic Noir series featuring Varg Veum. Published in more than 24 countries and adapted for … Continue readings

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  Today, author Ian Ridley joins us in The Literary Lounge. Ian is a journalist and author/ghostwriter of several sports biographies. His first novel, The Outer Circle, is published this month by Unbound. It centres on a brutal attack on a central London mosque in the days after the 2012 London Olympics, as seen through … Continue readings

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  JOHN FAIRFAX is the pen name of award-winning crime writer and former barrister William Brodrick. John, whose new book, Summary Justice, is published by Little, Brown, joins us in The Literary Lounge to answer a few questions. Summary Justice is the first in a new London-based legal series featuring former convict-turned barrister William Benson … Continue readings

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One of seven children, award-winning novelist Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania, reading and roaming the countryside on her horse, Buck. Many years and several degrees later, Grace was a successful child welfare attorney, with more than twenty manuscripts under her belt, when she met Deb Werksman, editorial director at Sourcebooks Casablanca, in a … Continue readings