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Roberta Kray
Writers for Readers Meera Syal, CBE
Born in Southport, Roberta Kray was a 36-year-old English graduate when she stepped in to help out a friend with publicity for a documentary on Ronnie Kray. She met Reggie Kray in 1996; they married the following year, and were together until his death in 2000. Through her marriage to Reggie Kray, Roberta Kray has a unique and authentic insight into London’s East End.
Meera Syal, CBE, is one of our most acclaimed actors and writers of stage and screen. She starred in the hit series The Kumars at No. 42 and recently in the BBC film of David Walliams' The Boy in the Dress. She is currently in David Hare’s play Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre, and appeared in the last series of Broadchurch. Her two earlier
novels are Anita and Me (a national curriculum set text) and Life Isn’t all Ha Ha Hee Hee.
On writing: I have one good idea every 10 years. But when I get one I do manage to finish it. I had rejected a lot of thoughts since my previous novel because I didn’t get that real tingle you should get. The synapses have to start firing.
A delicately written, profound study of the female condition in the rich world and the poor. The gifted Syal does it again Independent
Surely the makings of a hit . . . This book is bound to delight many readers Sunday Times
Wonderfully candid . . . Syal’s main achievement with this rumbustious, confrontational and ultimately heartbreaking book has been to turn the standard British-Asian displacement narrative on its head Guardian
On writing: I tend to write about women who stumble into unfamiliar territory, how they get dragged into things and how they cope with that.
A cracking good read Jessie Keane
Well into Martina Cole territory, Roberta Kray gets under
the skin of the London underworld Independent
Her unique insight into the murky world of organised crime shines through in this gritty fiction thriller . . .
News of the World
What we’re listening to . . .
John Connolly’s second volume of supernatural short stories Night Music has had us on the edge of our seats. Read by Nick Rawlinson, Jeff Harding and Alison Brown, these fantastic fables and terrifying stories are perfect to curl up with on cold winter nights.
And the latest novel from J. K. Rowling, under her pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, did not disappoint. When Robin receives a gruesome package, it’s a race against time for Cormoran Strike to track down someone from his past, before more horrendous acts occur in Career of Evil. Read by Robert Glenister.
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