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Jane Harper

Jane Harper moved from the North of England to Australia in 2008. She has been a print journalist both in Britain and Australia, and works for the Herald Sun in Melbourne. The Dry is her first novel.

March 28, 2018 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

Margery Allingham

Margery Allingham was born in 1904 in the London suburb of Ealing, and was brought up in Essex. She studied drama and speech training at Regent Street Polytechnic in the 1920s, marrying Philip Youngman Carter and moving back to Essex near Maldon. After various literary forays, she settled on mystery writing, and her gentleman sleuth Albert Campion, who made his first appearance in The Crime at Black Dudley (1929), was a great success and appeared in many novels and short stories, including The Beckoning Lady (1955). Margery Allingham died in Colchester in 1966.

March 28, 2018 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman was born in Stockholm in 1981 and grew up in Helsingborg. He has written for the Swedish newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad and Moore Magazine (the Swedish men’s lifestyle magazine). His first novel was A Man Called Ove (2012, English translation 2013, film version 2015) and it has been followed by My Grandmother asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown(published in Britain as The Scandal) and its sequel, Us Against You. Backman is married with two children.

February 27, 2018 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Dan Brown

Dan Brown was born in 1964 and grew up in New Hampshire. He studied English and Spanish at Amherst. He published his first thriller, Digital Fortress, in 1998. This was followed by Angels and Demons and Reception Point. In 2003 The Da Vinci Code came out, and shot straight to the top of the bestseller lists. In 2013 he published Inferno. Three of his books have been successfully filmed.

May 5, 2017 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Holly Roth

Holly Roth was born in the USA in 1916. She was a New Yorker, and went to James Madison High School in Brooklyn. She wrote many books, some under pseudonyms. She was the author of the suspense novels The Content Assignment, The Mask of Glass, The Sleeper and The Crimson in the Purple. In 1964 while sailing in the Mediterranean, she was reported missing at sea by her second husband.

May 5, 2017 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan lives in Glasgow, a fiction writer, journalist, literary magazine editor, teacher, and book reviewer. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, and has won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust and the Gillian Purvis Award. Her first published book was a short story collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales. Her second book is a novel, The Gracekeeper, due out in 2015. She regularly performs her stories at events and festivals in Scotland and performances further afield.

January 8, 2015 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

Leonardo Sciascia

Leonardo Sciascia was born in Racalmuto, Sicily, in 1921. Apart from a few years in Rome, he lived most of his life in Sicily. He was on the left and wrote on political affairs. As well as the book of stories, Sicilian Uncles, Sciascia wrote a number of novels, including Salt in the Wound, The Day of the Owl, The Council of Egypt, A Man’s Blessing and Equal Danger. He died in 1989.

January 8, 2015 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll was born in Cologne in 1917. Conscripted into the German army during the Second World War, he became a writer after the war, and was attacked by rightwingers for the views expressed in his writings. Later in his life, he left the Catholic church. Böll was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1972. His books include The Train Was on Time, Billiards at Half-past Nine, The Clown, Group Portrait with Lady and The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum. Böll died in 1985.

October 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender is an American novelist and short story writer. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California. She is the author of five books, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1988), An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000), Willful Creatures (2005), The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) and The Color Master (2013).

April 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus

Roman historian Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus was born in about 69AD. He practised law, stayed out of politics but became chief secretary to Hadrian (who was Emperor from 117 to 138AD). It is recorded that Suetonius was among those dismissed for behaving indiscreetly with Hadrian’s wife Vibia Sabina. He was the author of numerous books, but apart from a few fragments only The Twelve Caesars has survived.

April 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

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