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A Brief History of Crime

Thursday, 17 October 2019

  • Time: 6pm-7pm
  • Venue: The Royal Toby Hotel
    Price: Adult £8 (£13 for double bill of A Brief History of Crime and Agatha Christie, Poirot and Me  |  Students £8  |  60+ £8
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Suitable for: 14+


Join Zoe Sharp and Martin Edwards on an historical tour of crime fiction, its rise to popularity and the enduring interest in all things murder, kidnap and conspiracy. Our event takes place in the perfect setting for a vintage crime novel: The Royal Toby Hotel.

Martin Edwards is president of the Detection Club, series consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics, and winner of the Poirot Award for his outstanding contribution to the crime genre. His titles include The Coffin Trail, The Golden Age of Murder, The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books, and Gallows Court. His awards have included the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Dagger, the CWA Margery Allingham Prize, CWA Red Herring and the CWA Dagger in the Library award, awarded by UK librarians for his body of work.

Zoë Sharp spent her childhood years living aboard a catamaran on the Lancashire coast. She opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel at fifteen. The first of her award-winning crime thriller series featuring ex-soldier turned bodyguard, Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox, was published after she received death-threats in the course of her work as a photo-journalist. She has now written numerous further instalments in that series, as well as standalone novels, the first of a Lake District-set trilogy, and a collaboration with espionage thriller author, John Lawton.

Her books and short stories have been used in Danish school textbooks, inspired an original song and music video, and been optioned for TV and film. Lee Child said: ‘If Jack Reacher were a woman, he’d be Charlie Fox.’

Visit Zoë Sharp’s website (external link)

Visit Martin Edwards’ website (external link)


Please note that this event starts at 6pm, not 5.30pm as previously advertised. 

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