Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson at the Cambridge Literary Festival

Last weekend I had a thoroughly self-indulgent time attending a talk by Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson. Hannah has recently written Closed Casket, her second Hercule Poirot mystery, commissioned by Agatha Christie Limited. Meanwhile Dawson’s latest book, The Crime Writer, is about novelist Patricia Highsmith, and according to The Guardian “achieves a wonderful blurring of … More Sophie Hannah and Jill Dawson at the Cambridge Literary Festival

Stephen King’s Joyland, and the benefit of hindsight

I recently finished Joyland, by Stephen King. It’s only the second novel of his that I’ve read, the first being 11 22 63. I can’t think why I didn’t start sooner. Neither of these particular examples belong to the genre that King’s most famous for, but each has elements that waive the normal scientific rules … More Stephen King’s Joyland, and the benefit of hindsight