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Jorn Lier Horst longlisted for the CWA Daggers

Jorn Lier Horst and his translator, Anne Bruce, have been longlisted for the CWA International Dagger for When It Grows Dark. This award is for crime novels (defined by the broadest definition including thrillers, suspense novels and spy fiction) as long as the book was not originally written in...

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Fallow shortlisted for the Betty Trask Award

The Society of Authors has announced the 2017 shortlist for the Betty Trask Prize and Awards. This year’s shortlist of six debut literary novels by authors under the age of 35 includes a self-published novel for the first time. The winner, to be announced at the SoA Authors’ Awards on 20...

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Can punctuation save a life?

I have this dream that one day, I'll send my publisher a manuscript that contains no mistakes. Sadly, I know that it doesn’t matter how many times I read it over – when the manuscript goes to proofing, they’ll find hordes of missing words, typos and dodgy punctuation. Punctuation is...

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Rachel Ward on turning to crime

This year I’m turning to crime. Well, crime writing to be more precise. My first novel for adults, The Cost of Living, will be published by Sandstone Press in September. It’s a warm, contemporary tale of supermarkets, date nights and charity spinathons, wrapping around the darker thread of...

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Remaking a murderer: true-life double killer inspires novel

As a writer there are two ways of dealing with an astonishing true life story: you can simply dramatise it or you can make it into something completely different. When it came to the story of the Belfast double murderer Colin Howell and his accomplice Hazel Stewart, the makers of last year’s...

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