Posts tagged ‘English’

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.

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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

Rosie Garland

Born in London and growing up adopted, Manchester-based writer Rosie Garland is known for singing in the Leeds post-punk gothic band The March Violets and as her alter ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, cabaret chanteuse and mistress of ceremonies. She has written poetry and short stories, and won the 2012 Mslexia novel competition. The Palace of Curiosities is her first novel, and her second is Vixen.

April 16, 2014 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Robert Harris

Robert Harris is a novelist and journalist, who has worked for Panorama on the BBC and was political editor of The Observer. Robert Harris co-wrote with Jeremy Paxman A Higher Form of Killing, about biological and chemical weapons. He is the author of a number of novels, including Fatherland, Archangel, Pompeii and An Officer and a Spy, several of which have been filmed. He lives in Berkshire with his family.

November 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Nicolas Freeling

Nicolas Freeling was born in London in 1927 and was brought up in Southampton, Brittany and Ireland. National Service with the RAF, from 1947 to 1949, was followed by a period working as a cook (about which he wrote in his Kitchen Book). He was arrested in Amsterdam for taking some meat home from the kitchen and met a policeman who could see a joke – the original of his fictional Dutch detective Van der Valk, about whom he wrote numerous novels, including Tsing-Boum. A successful Van der Valk TV series and a number of literary awards followed. After Amsterdam and Van der Valk, Freeling moved to France and created a new, French detective – Henry Castang. Freeling was married and had five children. He died in 2003.

June 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm Leave a comment

Alexander Baron

Born in London in 1917, Alexander Baron joined the Communist Party only to leave it at the time of the Hitler-Stalin pact. He served in the army during the Second World War and wrote three novels inspired by his wartime experiences, From the City, from the Plough (1948), There’s No Home (1950) and The Human Kind (1953). He wrote fourteen further novels, and also wrote screenplays and television scripts. Baron died in 1999.

October 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment


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