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Holly Watt

“Writing was definitely my first love.” Crime author Holly Watt talks to Northern Soul

September 5, 2020 Comments Off on “Writing was definitely my first love.” Crime author Holly Watt talks to Northern Soul

One of the great things about the annual Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, at least until 2020’s forced hiatus, has always been the way authors and fans mix so freely, not least in the hotel bar. But Holly Watt’s first experience of it last year, when she was on Val McDermid’s vaunted New Blood panel on the strength of her award-winning debut novel To The Lions, wasn’t exactly like that.

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Weather, Jenny Offill

Book review: Weather by Jenny Offill

March 20, 2020 Comments Off on Book review: Weather by Jenny Offill

We’re living in uncertain times.

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Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

Book Review: Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

March 5, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

The outside world is starting to feel increasingly like the beginning of a dystopian movie, what with the threat of a Coronavirus epidemic causing people to panic buy loo roll and don plastic boxes and carrier bags as makeshift hazmat masks.

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Jessica Andrews. Image credit: Andrew Brooks

“It’s important to talk about northern voices.” Portico Prize-winning author Jessica Andrews on class, gender and the north

February 17, 2020 Comments Off on “It’s important to talk about northern voices.” Portico Prize-winning author Jessica Andrews on class, gender and the north

I’ve long been fascinated with The Portico Library, which sits above the mildly rowdy Old Bank pub on Manchester’s Mosley Street.

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The Quarry

Book Review: The Quarry by Ben Halls

February 7, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: The Quarry by Ben Halls

Toxic masculinity has become a bit of a buzzword in recent months.

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A Version of the Truth

Book Review: A Version of the Truth by B.P. Walter

November 25, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: A Version of the Truth by B.P. Walter

Appearances can be deceptive.

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Anthony Burgess Foundation

Review: The Mechanics’ Institute Review, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

January 16, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Mechanics’ Institute Review, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

It’s a bit like Top Of The Pops.

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Kerry Wilkinson

Best-selling crime author Kerry Wilkinson talks to Northern Soul

October 22, 2015 Comments Off on Best-selling crime author Kerry Wilkinson talks to Northern Soul

Kerry Wilkinson has consistently topped the Amazon UK charts since 2011 with his Manchester-set Jessica Daniel (and spin-off Andrew Hunter) series of thrillers.

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Byker Books

Byker Books (and not a sniff of PJ & Duncan)

December 17, 2013 Comments Off on Byker Books (and not a sniff of PJ & Duncan)

Way back in the mists of time, before e-readers were invented and everyone with a blog was a ‘publisher’, a group of people from the North East of England who weren’t that enthralled by reading the memoirs of some ‘reality show’ nonentity came together…in a pub.

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Crime novels

Why are there no crime novels with British Asian characters?

August 20, 2013 Comments Off on Why are there no crime novels with British Asian characters?

By AK Nawaz

Heard the one about the easily fatigued detective unable to outpace crooks during Ramadan? What about the drug boss who breaks off torturing his victims for midday prayer?

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