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It’s always a delight when authors come together to celebrate the capricious spirit of creativity, and to show their profound respect for everyone who plays a part in their journey through the world of literature. However, there’s only so much of that you can stomach, so thank God there are at least a couple of authors who know that when you’ve had a few drinks, you’re good and ready for the dark side. More than ready for a spot of literary filth…
Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre lift the lid on the real world of being a writer. The angry letters from readers. The backstage shenanigans. The nightmarish personal appearances, and of course, the nutters. Oh God…the nutters!
Expect strong language, very strong language and at least one extremely disturbing story about a chicken.
About Mark Billingham
Mark was born and brought up in Birmingham. He began his career as an actor, his credits including small-screen greats such as Dempsey & Makepeace, Birds of a Feather, Juliet Bravo and four series of cult children’s classic Maid Marian And Her Merry Men. Whilst continuing his relationship with TV through writing for a variety of shows, he branched out into stand-up comedy and worked all over the world for more than twenty years, appearing regularly at The Comedy Store, as well as on screen with Spitting Image, The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Live At Jongleurs. He has gone on to present widely on TV and radio, hosting shows including Going Live, TV’s Favourite Detective, Passport to Murder, Mark Billingham’s Rule Book of Crime and documentaries on everything from Patricia Highsmith to Columbo. He has also showcased his peculiar and largely useless ability to retain trivia on radio and TV shows such as Quote Unquote, The Write Stuff, Pointless Celebrities, Eggheads and Celebrity Mastermind, which he won, thanks to knowing far more than is healthy about Elvis Costello.
Mr Costello has now rescinded the restraining order…
A Sunday Times number one bestseller, Mark’s first crime novel was published in 2001. Sleepyhead was an instant bestseller and was later singled out by the Times as one of the novels that had shaped the decade. It has since sold over 650,000 copies.
The series of crime novels featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne includes The Dying Hours, Lifeless, Good As Dead and Time Of Death. Lazybones and Death Message both won the Theakstons Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel Of The Year. The books are published in more than twenty-five countries and have sold over five million copies. The new Tom Thorne novel, Love Like Blood will be published in June 2017.
An acclaimed television series based on the Thorne novels was screened on Sky One in Autumn 2010, starring David Morrissey as Tom Thorne. As with all TV adaptations, it was different from the book in several respects and Mark received a lot of angry emails from readers. He is expecting plenty more when a major new six-part series, based on the standalone thriller In The Dark is screened on BBC1 in 2017.
Mark lives in London with his wife and two children. He is currently hard at what is laughably called ‘work’, writing his next novel.
Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham
The brand spanking new Tom Thorne novel, LOVE LIKE BLOOD will be published in the UK by Little, Brown on June 1st and in the US by Grove Atlantic on June 20th. After a few adventures out of town, Tom is back in London, working with Nicola Tanner – who first appeared in Die Of Shame – to track down those responsible for a series of honour killings.
About Chris Brookmyre
Chris was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning, which established him as one of Britain’s leading crime novelists. His Jack Parlabane novels have sold more than one million copies in the UK alone. His last book, Black Widow, won the McIlvanney Prize 2016 for Best Scottish Crime novel. Chris is available for interview.
Want You Gone deals with contemporary issues such as hacking. Chris is happy to discuss the ways in which crime writing has changed and how authors must incorporate the impact of the internet on crime in their books.
Want you Gone by Chris Brookmyre
What if all your secrets were put online?
Sam Morpeth is growing up way too fast, left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison and watching her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online, drawing her into a trap she may not escape alive.
Who would you turn to?
Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane has finally got his career back on track, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything.
What would you be capable of?
Thrown together by a common enemy, Sam and Jack about to discover they have more in common than they realise – and might be each other’s only hope.
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