Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Someone Else's Skin and World Book Night

I'm very excited to be able to say that SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN is a World Book Night title for 2016!

It's a genuine honour and a thrill to be part of World Book Night, which is just such a wonderful way to celebrate the power of words and of reading.

I'm chuffed to bits to think that Marnie Rome and Noah Jake will be meeting a whole host of new readers on 23 April 2016.

You can apply to be a ‪#‎WorldBookNight‬ volunteer here.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Introducing Patricia Highsmith

Highsmith, you may say, needs no introduction. But bear with me. Because I have some exciting news to share.

Highsmith is one of my writing heroes. I love her characters, her stories, even her misanthropy. Her books are on my all-time favourite reading lists. Her 1947 New Year's Toast have been words by which I've lived my writing life. I loved taking part in the panel celebrating her work at the Theakstons Crime Writing Festival earlier this year, with Peter James, Martin Edwards, Peter Swanson and Andrew Taylor.

Imagine my excitement, then, when I was invited to write an introduction to new editions of three of her books, being republished in style by Virago, who have done a simply splendid job of the recent batch including this beautiful cover for A Tremor of Forgery.

I was invited to choose from the list of yet-to-be-republished titles, and I picked This Sweet Sickness (one of my favourites), The Two Faces of January (recently filmed) and People who Knock on the Door (little known, but a true gem).

All three books will be published in June 2016. My name on three Patricia Highsmith books! The fan-girling starts here...