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Games In Londinium by John Drake

Modern Britain is dead centre mainstream in world culture. It is densely populated and profoundly un-mysterious.  It is built on, over, under and around with bricks and concrete. It explains everything by science, and is civilised to the last drop of Costa coffee and the last act of Britain’s Got Talent. But go back two…
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Our September Book of the Month

Our September Book of the Month is the most gripping true spy story of the Cold War: Next Stop Execution, the autobiography of Oleg Gordievsky. This second edition comes with a new foreword from Gordievsky where he comments on the continuing relevancy of his story, and which we’ve included below. This book was originally published…
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Bless Thine Inheritance by Sophia Holloway

Writing a romance where the ‘heroine’ (and I dislike the term) has a disability may sound pretty odd, but it was not done as some token nod to inclusivity. What I wanted to show was something as relevant today as in the past, which is that we are all much too quick to see the…
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The Vengeance Man by John MacRae

When I first wrote The Vengeance Man twenty years ago, it was very much a singleton: a one-off thriller based on a mixture of individuals I had come across in my career as an Intelligence Officer with a long association with Special Forces. The hero was modelled, to an extent, on a good friend who…
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Cloven by Sally Spedding

In 1996, having moved with my artist husband to Northampton from rural Wales, and discovering that many of the Welsh drovers who’d actually passed through our village on their way to England, ended up in south Northamptonshire or went on from there to be sold at Spitalfields in London. In those days before 1832 and…
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The Proprietor’s Daughter by Lewis Orde

Back in the late 1960s, I worked for a year as a reporter on an English regional evening newspaper called the Leicester Mercury and its weekly affiliate, the Loughborough Monitor. More than 20 years later, long after I’d switched from writing (insert tongue firmly in cheek) fact to writing fiction, my ninth novel The Proprietor’s…
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The Ghosts of My Ideas: Episode 6 by Joy Martin

Knockalisheen – The Hill of the Fairies. Walls are for climbing, at least when you’re young.  Perhaps you remember a wall of your own which was just crying out to be climbed?  My wall, on top of which I spent a great deal of time as a child, was 10 or maybe 15 feet high.  Built…
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Bay of Killers – A Personal Perspective by Paul Sinclair

A filmmaker that loves penning crime thrillers… I was inspired to write Bay of Killers as a result of a family holiday in Liguria five years ago. Visiting my Italian cousin’s home town of Lerici is always fun especially in the searing heat of summer. Lerici is a laid-back kind of place, a small seaside…
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There Are No Innocents by B. R. Stateham

Years ago an idea popped into my head. A multi-part idea about creating a detective series featuring two hard boiled characters who happened to be friends, and partners, solving homicide cases. Two cops who have personalities of their own, with all that it implies, with lives and loves and hates unique to each, working together…
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Funeral Sites by Jessica Mann

When I wrote Funeral Sites, I didn’t realize that I was writing a thriller. It was, I thought, a crime novel – my eighth – and I gave its heroine, Tamara Hoyland, many of the attributes that I wished I had. She was athletic, brave, self-sufficient and free. I was totally unathletic, had never needed…
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