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NEW RELEASES The quality speaks for itself Writers for Readers
Joanne Harris
M. J. Trow
Cambridge, and was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Harris magnificently manages every minute thread of the story, and even makes us laugh along the way . . . exquisitely sinister . . . Part black comedy, part thriller, and totally enjoyable Daily Mail
Slowly, Harris reveals tiny clues, withholding full explanations until the startling denouement. Classy writing, sensitive and moving The Times
Her real metier is psychological suspense . . . Crime novel or literary novel? Categories really don’t matter; readers will find themselves comprehensively gripped Independent
On characters: I sublimate different parts of my personality through my characters. Which is worrying, as some of them can be a bit nasty. I’m pleased the stuff on the page isn’t inside me anymore.
with his wife, writing as Maryanne Coleman. He is also a sought after ghost writer, and is a popular speaker on cruise ships.
An impressive mix of humour, sadness and suspense
Mail on Sunday
The most sardonic wit in current crime fiction . . . one reads Trow for the brilliance of his writing Birmingham Post
Trow’s skill at spinning mysteries a twist further than expected keeps him at the top of the form Sunday Telegraph
M. J. Trow proves emphatically that crime and comedy can mix Val McDermid
On setting: In fiction, I invariably choose a place I know well and adapt it to the situation/plot. I once invented a mad family who lived in Parabola Road, Cheltenham and now I feature in the town’s guide books!
Born in Barnsley, of a French mother and an English father, Joanne Harris spent 15 years teaching before becoming a full-time writer. Her first major bestseller was Chocolat, which was later made into an Oscar- nominated film, and she has since written across many genres including historical fiction and fantasy. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College,
M. J. Trow is a full-time teacher of history who has been doubling as a crime writer for 17 years and has over 50 published works to his name. His first book, The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade, was published in 1984. He continued with the Lestrade series and now also has many historical biographies and other crime series, Maxwell and Kit Marlowe, the latter written
What we’re listening to . . .
Lynn Knight’s new book, The Button Box, is a delightful look at her family history through the contents of the family button tin. From a jet button linked to Victorian mourning to a toggle from a favourite coat in the 1960s, the author traces the history of women and their daily lives. Read by Patience Tomlinson.
Actress and presenter Denise Welch’s debut novel is a page-turning read, perfect for fans of warmhearted women’s fiction. If They Could See Me Now follows the trials and tribulations of Harper, a once famous actress, who decides her life needs to change. Read by the author.
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