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March 26, 2020 @ 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm

Dorothy L Sayers Society Lecture: The Female of the Species: Key Women Crime Writers from Sayers and Highsmith to the Present

Barry Forshaw
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Witham Library, 18 Newland Street
Witham, CM8 2AQ
£5 (27 yrs and under)

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Barry Forshaw, the UK’s leading crime fiction expert, examines – in lively detail – how female writers have energised the genre from the Golden Age to the present. Barry has met most of the key women writers from Patricia Highsmith to Patricia Cornwell and has a fund of fascinating anecdotes.

Barry’s Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide covers everything from the beginnings of the genre to current bestselling writers from America, Britain and all across the world. Every major writer is included, along with film and TV.

Crime Fiction: A Readers Guide Cover


Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide

Are you a lover of crime fiction looking for new discoveries or hoping to rediscover old favourites? Then look no further.

There are few contemporary crime fiction guides that cover everything from the golden age to current bestselling writers from America, Britain and all across the world, but the award-winning Barry Forshaw, one of the UK’s leading experts in the field, has provided a truly comprehensive survey with definitive coverage in this expanded new edition of the much admired Rough Guide to Crime Fiction.

Every major writer is included, along with many other more esoteric choices. Focusing on a key book (or books) by each writer, and with essays on key crime genres, Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide (with a foreword by Ian Rankin) is designed to be both a crime fan’s shopping list and a pithy, opinionated but unstuffy reference tool and history. Most judgements are generous (though not uncritical), and there is a host of entertaining, informed entries on related films and TV.

About the Author

Barry Forshaw is the author of American Noir, Brit Noir, Euro Noir, Nordic Noir, and The Man Who Left Too Soon. He edits Crime Time and is former Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.


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