Top Ten: Crime Writers (Part Two)

One of my most consistently popular articles is my Top Ten Crime Writers feature. It is my second most viewed post beaten only by the In Praise of Trailers article. In that I listed 10 crime writers I love..

Tweet A Short Story

Starting from tomorrow (Wednesday) The Society of Authors is launching an exciting new project to create five short stories of 670 characters. Each Wednesday famous authors including Ian Rankin will tweet the first line of the story then there will be half an hour for the next 140 characters to be contributed. The Society of Authors is hoping to promote the cause of the short story which is increasingly coming under attack. Make sure you follow the #soatale hashtag on Twitter and make your own contribution to this unique collaboration.

Top Ten: Crime Writers

Every so often I worry that I’m not a “serious” enough reader. I don’t scour the new literary releases looking for the critics’ choice as my next purchase. I don’t obsessively plough my way through the shortlists of the highbrow book prizes. That’s not to say that I don’t read any literary fiction at all, but offered the choice of a Booker Prize winner or a good crime thriller I’d pick the latter any day of the week.

There is a wealth of enjoyable crime fiction available and hundreds of new and established crime novelists but I tend to find myself returning to the same authors over and over again. Here, in alphabetical order, are my top ten crime writers.

Read more …

Edinburgh International Book Festival

It’s the time of year that Edinburgh becomes culture central and thousands of people flock to the Fringe. Other festivals are held at the same time including the International Book Festival. The festival runs from 13 – 29 August and featured authors include Bettany Hughes, Sarah Brown, Simon Callow and Ian Rankin. The full programme is available online and makes me sorry to be missing the fun.