BENJAMIN BLACK is the pen name of acclaimed author John Banville, who was born in Wexford in 1945. He is the author of fifteen novels, including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. In 2013 he was awarded the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature, and in 2014 the Quirke novels were adapted into a major BBC TV series starring Gabriel Byrne.
DIANA BRETHERICK’s experiences working in criminal justice have given her an insight into the workings of the criminal mind. She has honed this in her criminological studies, attaining an MA in Criminology in 1999 and a PhD in 2006. She has now turned her attention to crime fiction. Diana won the Good Housekeeping New Novel Competition for her debut City of Devils, which was also selected for the ITV Crime Thriller Book Club.
HELEN CALLAGHAN was born in Los Angeles, California, to British parents, and her early years were spent in both the US and UK. After several early false starts as a nurse, barmaid and actor, she settled into bookselling, working as a fiction specialist and buyer for a variety of bookshops. Eventually, she studied for her A-levels at night school and achieved a place at Cambridge University as a mature student. Helen's debut novel, Dear Amy, was a Sunday Times bestseller.
ANDREA CARTER graduated in Law from Trinity College, Dublin. She qualified as a solicitor and moved to the Inishowen peninsula where she lived and worked for a number of years. In 2005 she transferred to the Bar and moved to Dublin to practise as a barrister. She grew up in Ballyfin, Co Laois. Death at Whitewater Church was her first novel. The Well of Ice is the third book in the Inishowen Mysteries series featuring solicitor Ben O’Keeffe.
STEVE CAVANAGH was born and raised in Belfast before studying law in Dublin. He practices civil rights law and has been involved in several high profile cases; in 2010 Steve represented a factory worker who won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland's legal history. He holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy and lectures on various legal subjects (but really he just likes to tell jokes). He is married with two young children.
RAY CELESTIN lives in London. He studied Asian art and languages at university and is a script writer for film and TV, as well as publishing several short stories. His first novel The Axeman's Jazz won the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed follow-up, Dead Man's Blues.
ROBERT CRAIS is the author of the bestselling Cole & Pike novels. A native of Louisiana, Crais moved to Hollywood in the late 70s where he began a successful career in television, writing scripts for such major series as Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues. In the mid 80s, following his success with the TV buddy genre, Crais created a series of crime novels based around the characters Cole & Pike. In addition, Crais has also written several bestselling standalone thrillers. Robert Crais lives in LA with his wife and family.
ARNE DAHL is a multi-award-winning author, critic and editor. Dahl is the creator of the bestselling 'Intercrime' series which was made into a BBC TV series. His books have sold over three million copies, and have been translated into 32 languages.
STELLA DUFFY is a highly acclaimed novelist and theatremaker. She has twice won the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association Dagger for her short stories. She has also won Stonewall Writer of the Year twice. A co-director of the Fun Palaces campaign for greater access to culture for all, she was awarded an OBE for services to the Arts in 2016.
ADRIAN DUNBAR is an actor and director from Northern Ireland, best known for his television and theatre work. Dunbar co-wrote and starred in the 1991 film, Hear My Song, nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTA awards. More recently, he has been better known for his role of Superintendent Ted Hastings in the BBC One thriller Line of Duty; a role he has portrayed since 2012.
MARTIN EDWARDS is an award-winning crime writer best known for two series of novels set in Liverpool and the Lake District. He is series consultant for British Library Crime Classics, Chair of the Crime Writers' Association, and President of the Detection Club. The Golden Age of Murder, his study of the Detection Club, was published in 2015 to international acclaim and his fiction and non-fiction has won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity, Poirot and Dagger awards.
CAZ FREAR is the winner of the 2017 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition. She has a first-class degree in History & Politics. Sweet Little Lies is her debut novel.
SOPHIE HANNAH is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer. Her crime novels have been translated into 34 languages and published in 51 countries. Her psychological thriller The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year in 2013. In 2014 and 2016, Sophie published The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since Agatha Christie's death, both of which were national and international bestsellers. Sophie’s novels The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Sophie is also a bestselling poet who has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE and A-level throughout the UK. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
After graduating from university with a degree in Mental Health, ALI LAND spent a decade working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse in both hospitals and schools in the UK and Australia. Her 2017 novel Good Me Bad Me was one of the debuts of the year and was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. Ali is now a full-time writer and lives in West London.
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GRAEME MACRAE BURNET is one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents. His second novel, His Bloody Project, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award 2016, and has been shortlisted for the LA Times Book Awards 2017. It has been published around the world. Graeme’s first novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau (Contraband, 2014), was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award and was a minor cult hit.
BRIAN MCGILLOWAY is the author of eight previous crime novels including the New York Times and UK No.1 bestseller Little Girl Lost. In addition to being shortlisted for a CWA Dagger and the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, he is a past recipient of the Ulster University McCrea Literary Award and won the BBC Tony Doyle Award for his screenplay, Little Emperors. He currently teaches English in Strabane, where he lives with his wife and four children.
CLAIRE MCGOWAN grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland and now lives in London, where she runs an MA in creative writing at City University. Blood Tide is Claire's sixth crime novel, and the sixth in the highly-acclaimed Paula Maguire series. She also writes women's fiction as Eva Woods.
ADRIAN MCKINTY is the award-winning author of the Sean Duffy series. He was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied at the University of Warwick and Oxford University. In the early 90s he emigrated to New York City, working at various odd jobs with varying degrees of legality before becoming a high school English teacher in Denver, Colorado. In 2008 he emigrated again, this time to Melbourne, Australia where he now lives with his wife and kids. In 2017 Adrian won an Edgar Award for Rain Dogs. He has also won the Ned Kelly Award and been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, Anthony Award, Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière.
EOIN MCNAMEE is an award-winning novelist from County Down in Northern Ireland, and is the author of the ‘Blue’ trilogy, including the Booker-nominated Blue Tango, and Blue is the Night which won the 2015 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year. Eoin’s other novels include Resurrection Man, later made into a film, The Ultras and 12:23. He lives in Sligo.
JED MERCURIO is a British television writer, producer, director and novelist. He graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1991 and practiced as a hospital doctor for three years before venturing into writing the BBC medical drama Cardiac Arrest under a pseudonym. He continued his writing career under his own name. Jed has been ranked among UK television's leading writers. His chief works for television are the series Line of Duty, Bodies (based on his 2002 novel), The Grimleys and Cardiac Arrest. His books are Bodies (2002), Ascent (2007), American Adulterer (2009) and, for children, The Penguin Expedition (2003).
STEVE MOSBY lives and works in Leeds. He is the author of The Third Person, The Cutting Crew, The 50/50 Killer, Cry For Help, Still Bleeding and Black Flowers. His novels have been translated widely and longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. He was the winner of the 2012 CWA Dagger inthe Library.
ABIR MUKHERJEE grew up in the West of Scotland. At the age of fifteen, his best friend made him read Gorky Park and he’s been a fan of crime fiction ever since. The child of immigrants from India, A Rising Man, his debut novel, was inspired by a desire to learn more about this crucial period in Anglo-Indian history that seems to have been almost forgotten. It won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and is the first in a new series starring Captain Sam Wyndham and ‘Surrender-Not’ Banerjee. Abir lives in London with his wife and two sons.
STUART NEVILLE is an internationally prize-winning crime writer. Stuart won the LA Times Book Prize for his debut novel The Twelve and received critical acclaim for his Serena Flanagan detective series set in Belfast. He also writes US set novels under the pen name HAYLEN BECK, which have been inspired by his love of American crime writing.
Before becoming a full-time writer Liz Nugent worked in Irish film, theatre and television. In 2014 her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, was a Number One bestseller and won the Crime Fiction Prize in the 2014 Irish Book Awards. Her second novel, Lying in Wait, went straight to Number One in the Irish bestseller charts, remained there for nearly two months and won her a second IBA. She lives in Dublin with her husband.
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Anthony J. Quinn was born in 1971 in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and after completing an English degree at Queen's University followed various callings - social worker, organic market gardener, yoga teacher - before finding work as a journalist and author. Disappeared, his first novel, was picked by The Times and the Daily Mail as one of their books of the year, and was nominated for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. On its US publication it was shortlisted for a Strand Critics Award, as selected by book critics from the Washington Post, the LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Guardian.
During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, CRAIG ROBERTSON interviewed three recent Prime Ministers; attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. His debut novel, Random, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger and was a Sunday Times bestseller.
JO SPAIN has worked as a party advisor on the economy in the Irish parliament. Her first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and went on to be a top-ten bestseller in Ireland. Joanne lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.
RUTH WARE’s first two thrillers, In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10, were international smash-hits, and appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including The Sunday Times and New York Times. The film rights to her debut were snapped up by New Line Cinema, and her books are published in more than 40 languages. Ruth lives near Brighton with her family.
ANDREW WILSON is the highly-acclaimed author of biographies of Patricia Highsmith, Sylvia Plath and Alexander McQueen. His first novel, The Lying Tongue, was published in 2007. His journalism has appeared in Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail and The Washington Post.
LOUISE WELSH is the author of eight novels including The Cutting Room, A Lovely Way to Burn and Death is a Welcome Guest. She has received numerous awards and international fellowships, including an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Louise Welsh is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.
STEPHEN WRIGHT is the Creative Director at the drama producer Two Cities. He was previously Head of Drama at BBC Northern Ireland and was responsible for commissioning two of the most highly regarded BBC dramas of recent years: Jed Mercurio’s Line Of Duty and Allan Cubitt’s The Fall.
DAVID YOUNG was a journalist for more than 25 years with BBC World radio and TV. Now a full-time author, his debut novel Stasi Child, reached the Top 20 of the Bookseller’s Fiction chart and was a top five e-book bestseller. The novel won the 2016 CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger and was longlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award.