National Crime Reading Month

National Crime Reading Month Launch Event

South-east England (inc. London) & East Anglia

Event Type:Panel
Event Organiser:NCRM
Booking Link:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-crime-reading-month-launch-at-waterstones-piccadilly-tickets-328116233487
Ticket Price:£6 (Free to CWA members, look out for details in member email)

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HD

Join the Crime Writers Association, the Reading Agency and a host of bestselling authors to launch National Crime Reading Month at Waterstones iconic Piccadilly store.

In a panel event to mark the start of this national month long celebration of crime reading, author and Red Hot Chilli Writers podcast host Abir Mukherjee will chat to bestsellers Lisa Jewell, LJ Ross and Nadine Matheson about the books that have influenced them and their favourite reads – dipping in to reveal those crucial opening lines.

Introduced by Sam Blake and Vaseem Khan, Crime Writers Association Chair Maxim Jakubowski will officially launch National Crime Reading Month with Alex Turton of The Reading Agency.

The Panel

Sam Blake NCRM Event Director
Sam Blake has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks, and she had an idea for a book. Originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire, she now lives in Ireland, at the foot of the Wicklow mountains. In 2016 her runaway bestselling debut novel ‘Little Bones’ launched the Cat Connolly trilogy.

Moving away from police procedurals, Sam is now writing psychological thrillers for Corvus Atlantic, with a focus is on strong female characters. Her latest bestseller ‘Remember My Name’ hit the No 1 slot in January 2022 and was in the top ten in Ireland for six weeks.

Sam founded and runs the Murder One International Crime Writing Festival and Writing.ie, the award winning writing resources website. She is a board member of the Society of Authors and the CWA. Sam Blake is a pen name for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin who was previously the Chair of Irish PEN and is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

Maxim Jakubowski CWA Chair
Maxim Jakubowski has worked for many years in book publishing as an editor (including titles by William Golding, Peter Ackroyd, Oliver Stone, Michael Moorcock, Peter Ustinov, Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Paul Ableman, Sophie Grigson, Marc Behm, Cornell Woolrich, etc…) and launched the Murder One Bookshop, which he owned and ran for over 20 years. He now writes, edits and translates full-time in London and is the current Chair of the internationally renowned Crime Writers Association, founded in 1953 by John Creasey. The CWA works to support, promote and celebrate the crime writing genre, and runs the prestigious Dagger awards.

Lisa Jewell
Lisa Jewell was born in London in 1968. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was the best- selling debut novel of 1999. Since then she has written another eighteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls, Then She Was Gone and The Family Upstairs (all of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks). Lisa is a New York Times and Sunday Times number one bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two teenage daughters, one cat, one guinea pig and the best dog in the world.

Vaseem Khan NCRM Ambassador
Vaseem Khan is the author of two crime series set in India, the Baby Ganesh Agency series set in modern Mumbai, and the Malabar House historical crime novels set in 1950s Bombay. His first book, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a Times bestseller, now translated into 15 languages. The second in the series won the Shamus Award in the US. In 2018, he was awarded the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Award for Literature. Vaseem was born in England, but spent a decade working in India. In 2021, Midnight at Malabar House won the Crime Writers Association Historical Dagger. His latest book is The Dying Day about the theft of one of the world’s great treasures, a 600-year-old copy of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, stored at Bombay’s Asiatic Society.

Nadine Matheson NCRM Ambassador
Nadine Matheson was born and lives in London. She began her working life at the BBC and now practices as a criminal defence lawyer. In 2016, she won the City University Crime Writing Competition and completed the Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller Novels) MA at City University of London with Distinction in 2018.

Her crime fiction novel, The Jigsaw Man, was published by HQ in 2021. The Jigsaw Man has been sold in 15 territories to date and will be translated into 14 languages. The second DI Henley thriller, The Binding Room, is published by HQ in July 2022.”

Abir Mukherjee
Abir Mukherjee is the Times bestselling author of the Wyndham & Banerjee series of crime novels set in Raj-era India which have sold over 250,000 copies and been translated into 15 languages. His books have won numerous awards including the CWA Dagger for best Historical Novel, the Prix du Polar Européen, the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing and the Amazon Publishing Readers Award for E-book for the Year.
Alongside fellow author, Vaseem Khan, he also hosts the popular Red Hot Chilli Writers podcast, where every fortnight, joined by special guests from the media and literature, he takes a wry look at the world of books, writing, and the creative arts, tackling everything from bestsellers to pop culture.

LJ Ross NCRM Ambassador
LJ Ross is an international bestselling author, whose books have sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

Her debut, Holy Island, was released in 2015 and became an instant, international bestseller. Since then, a further twenty of her novels have gone on to take the coveted #1 spot, some even before general release and whilst only available to ‘pre-order’. The Bookseller magazine has reported on Louise having topped the ‘Most Read’ and ‘Most Sold’ fiction charts, and she has garnered an army of loyal fans who love her atmospheric and addictive storytelling.

Her eleventh novel, The Infirmary, is a prequel story to the DCI Ryan series and is available as a major Audible Originals audio-drama starring Tom Bateman, Kevin Whately, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris and Alun Armstrong.

The first novel in her Alexander Gregory Thrillers series, Impostor, was shortlisted in the British Book Awards 2020: Crime & Thriller Book of the Year. The audiobook of Impostor, narrated by Hugh Dancy, was also selected as a finalist in the New York Festivals Radio Awards, Best Fiction Audiobook of the Year Category. In May 2021, Louise was shortlisted for the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association ‘Dagger in the Library’ award.

Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate Law at King’s College, University of London and then abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a lawyer for a number of years until taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write. Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Northumberland and Edinburgh.

Alex Turton
Alex is the Marketing and Communications Manager at The Reading Agency, overseeing their national marketing and PR campaigns and supporting the organisation’s social impact across the country by getting more people reading. Prior to joining charity, Alex worked for a range of cultural organisations and non-profits spanning areas including performance, visual art, and film.

The Reading Agency is a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We work closely with partners to develop and deliver programmes for people of all ages and backgrounds; our vision is for a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life.

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