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Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2020
Thursday 10 - Sunday 13 September 2020
Many of you will know we are hosting a series of digital books events here at Jarrold this season – just one way we’ve adapted in order to continue bringing you exciting literary experiences. Plenty of literary festivals have also decided to go virtual this autumn, including acclaimed crime writing festival Noirwich, which we are delighted to be partnering with for the seventh year running.
Noirwich runs from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September, The festival is co-curated by the National Centre for Writing and the UEA and is the largest of its kind in the region, drawing a host of incredible crime writers to help celebrate the genre. This year, you as readers can access author interviews, discussions, lectures and interactive writing workshops, all from the comfort of your home.
And instead of coming in person to browse our Noirwich book range, you can now visit the Noirwich Festival Bookshop, brought to you by Jarrold and featuring books by all of this year’s speakers. Here is a taster of just some of the books by featured authors from the festival…
The Killings at Kingfisher Hill
JARROLD PRICE £16
I am a big fan of Sophie Hannah’s continuation series of Agatha Christie’s famous Hercule Poirot novels, written with the full support of the Christie estate and published by Christie’s original publisher, HarperCollins. New out, this is the third Poirot novel Hannah has concocted and they really do read like classic Christie stories, with all the style, panache and Poirot-specific flourishes. In the latest episode, Poirot travels by luxury passenger coach to the exclusive Kingfisher Hill estate, summoned by its owner to prove he is innocent of his brother’s murder. But when a fellow coach passenger is found murdered, Poirot begins to connect the bodies and the dots and is faced with the mystery of finding the killer. Sophie Hannah will be on The Writing Life podcast, available from 5pm on Sunday 13th.
Underworld: The Definitive History of Britain’s Organised Crime
While crime fiction is a hugely popular genre, sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction. And who better to explore and describe the history of true crime in Britain than the Guardian’s former crime correspondent, Duncan Campbell? I thought this book was as gripping as any novel, as it employs the real perspectives of criminals themselves, looking back at the jaw-dropping behaviour and schemes of professional and organised crime. From gangs, Soho vice bosses, the Kray twins and the Hatton Garden burglars, to contemporary international hit-men and sex traffickers, this isn’t a read for the faint-hearted as it exposes the truly dark underbelly of Britain. Duncan Campbell will run a writing workshop on Exploring True Crime at 10am and pm on Saturday 12th (booking necessary).
Heaven, My Home
Attica Locke will give the annual Noirwich Lecture this year, at 7.30 on Friday 11th. She is an award-winning US author and screenwriter who recently worked as television writer and producer on the Netflix series, When They See Us, about the wrongful conviction of five teenage boys from Harlem for an attack in Central Park. Heaven, My Home is her most recent crime thriller, a powerful portrayal of the contemporary American South and the racial violence prevalent in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. It follows the interlinked fates of a nine-year-old boy who goes missing while out on a vast lake, and a local ranger, under the influence of his manipulative mother. Gripping, as I’m sure her lecture will be!
My Sister, The Serial Killer
A short, sharp crime novel that is brimming with deadpan, darkly comic overtones. Surprises keep hitting you as the story unfolds of two Nigerian sisters, Korede who is a nurse, and Ayoola, who is a serial killer. Ayoola has a bad habit of killing her boyfriends and Korede, who is good with blood (there is a lot of blood!) loves her sister and so agrees to help her dispose of the bodies. But when Ayoola falls for Korede’s boss, who she is also secretly in love with, Korede’s loyalties are torn – she doesn’t want her boss to be the next victim. Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize and longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2019. Oyinkan will be in conversation about the book in a virtual event on Saturday 12th at 7.30pm.
Black Rain Falling
'A truly amazing writer, an outstanding novel', is the praise heaped on Jacob Ross’s new book by Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo. This is the third thriller from Grenadian author Ross, who will be running a workshop on Writing Credible Characters (10am, Friday 11th, booking necessary), the story delving into issues of family, class and loyalty on the Caribbean island of Camaho. We meet forensics expert Michael ‘Digger’ Digson who has just six weeks to prove that his fellow CID detective, Miss Stanislaus, was acting in self-defence when she killed a man. But as the pressure from the authorities mounts, Digger and Miss Stanislaus also investigate a roadside murder linked to a simmering storm of crime and corruption on the island.
Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club
RELEASED 17 SEPTEMBER
Martin Edwards is not on the line-up for Noirwich but this new book is a must-have for budding crime fiction authors or for anyone with an interest in how the genre works. Compiled and interlinked with passages by Edwards, who is President of the legendary Detection Club and editor of the much-loved British Crime Classics series. In Howdunit, ninety crime writers offer tips and insights into writing successful crime and thriller fiction, including Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Peter James, Ann Cleeves, Elly Griffiths, Sophie Hannah, Alexander McCall Smith, John Le Carre and many more. Plus there are short pieces from past Detection Club members including G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Desmond Bagley.
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