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Sunday 11 May 2014

Tony Parsons talks about why he's turned to crime, what he learnt from his time with the vice squad and why it's okay for a detective to have a heart these days. He's joined by fellow writer and academic Henry Sutton to chew over why literary lions are keen to write crime novels these days and why they constantly appeal.

Ted Hodgkinson is just back from the third International Literature Festival in Erbil, in Kurdistan. He reveals a city steeped in writing and poetry and a rich cultural heritage that continues to flourish despite a sometimes turbulent and war torn history.

Alice Greenway's new novel, The Bird Skinner, is set partly in The Solomon Islands and partly off Maine. She explains why her black sheep of an ornithologist grand-father, who spent his war years in the Far East and found time to observe birds amid the fighting, inspired her to write a story of love, birds and collateral war damage.


    The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons - Publisher: Century

    My Criminal World by Henry Sutton - Publisher: Vintage

    The Bird Skinner by Alice Greenway - Publisher: Atlantic Books

    The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

    Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

    His Boots (Poem) by Choman Hardi


  • Read the Opening Chapter of The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons

    The Murder Bag Chapter 1 by Tony Parsons


Mariella Frostrup
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Tony Parsons
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Henry Sutton
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Ted Hodgkinson
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Alice Greenway


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