with Amer Anwar, Claire Askew and Stuart Turton.
A sizzling London thriller, the poignant portrayal of a college shooting, and a postmodern murder mystery set in a crumbling mansion…discover your next favourite book from our selection of the best debut voices in crime writing.
Claire Askew is an award-winning poet and her first novel, All the Hidden Truths, is a poignant portrayal of the aftermath to a college shooting in Edinburgh. Amer Anwar won a CWA Debut Dagger with Brothers in Blood, a pacy thriller full of sizzling dialogue, set in the hinterlands of London. Stuart Turton’s The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastleis an audacious reinvention of the classic country-house murder mystery, already chosen by The Times as one of their Best Books of the year so far.
Chaired by Chris Gribble, this talented trio reveal where to find inspiration, how to write an attention-grabbing debut, and what gave them their big break.
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About the authors
Amer Anwar is the author of Brothers in Blood, a tough new Asian thriller and winner of the Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger. Amer grew up in London; after leaving college he had a variety of jobs, including; warehouse assistant, comic book lettering artist, a driver for emergency doctors and chalet rep in the French Alps, before eventually landing a job as a creative artworker/graphic designer. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. Brothers in Blood is his debut novel and the first in the Zaq and Jags series. Website
‘One of the best books I’ve read this year.’ ***** – The Crime Novel Reader
Claire Askew’s debut crime novel All the Hidden Truths was winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Prize for Fiction, and longlisted for the 2014 Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) novel award. Claire holds a PhD in Creative writing from the University of Edinburgh and has won a variety of accolades for her work, including the Jessie Kesson Fellowship and a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Her debut poetry collection, This Changes Things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Saltire First Book Award. In 2016 Claire was selected as a Scottish Book Trust Reading Champion, and she works as the Scotland tutor for women’s writing initiatives Write Like A Grrrrl! And #Grrrlcon Website / Twitter
‘Gripping, heartbreaking and horrifyingly plausible. I couldn’t tear myself away from this book. Claire Askew is a stunning new voice in crime fiction’. – Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said
Stuart Turton’s riveting murder mystery, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is listed as a 2018 ‘must read’ by Style, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire, and has already been optioned for television by House Productions.Stuart is a freelance travel journalist who has previously worked in Shanghai and Dubai. He is the winner of the Brighton and Hove Short Story Prize and was longlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines competition. He lives in West London with his wife. Website / Twitter
‘This book blew my mind. It is utterly original and unique. I couldn’t get it out of my head for days afterwards’ – Sophie Hannah