Join us to see a stand out line-up of some of crime’s most wanted authors – Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, Dreda Say Mitchell and Harry Bingham – chaired by novelist and Quick Reads commissioning editor Fanny Blake.
One in six adults of working age in the UK may never pick up a book. People's reasons for not reading are varied: some people say they find books intimidating, they struggle to find the time or that books are difficult and boring. The Reading Agency has been looking to change that with their annual Quick Reads initiative. Each year they commission big name authors to write short books that are specifically designed to be fun and easy to read.
Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh and Harry Bingham have all written a short story in the brand new Quick Reads collection, Dead Simple and Dreda Say Mitchell has also written for Quick Reads with One False Move. This year we’re supporting their campaign with a panel event on crime fiction, where the authors will discuss the much loved genre and their books.
Mark Billingham is one of the UK’s most popular crime writers. His series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne have twice won him the Crime Novel of the Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for Best British Detective. He is the editor of this year's Quick Reads anthology, Dead Simple.
Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID and as a public order commander. Her debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times bestseller and the fastest-selling title by a crime writer in 2015.
Born and bred in the East End of London, Dreda Say Mitchell has seen it all from the inside. During her time as a teacher she saw a new generation of East Enders grappling with the same problems she had but in an even more violent and unforgiving society. Dreda’s books are inspired by the gritty, tough and criminal world she grew up in.
Harry Bingham is the author of the Fiona Griffiths series of crime novels, set in Cardiff. His heroine was described by the Sunday Times as ‘the most startling . . . in modern crime fiction … brutal, freakish and totally original.’ He is the editor of this year’s Dead Simple anthology.
Come support this year’s Quick Reads campaign, learn about the seedy underbelly of the world of crime fiction and get ready for a night of murder, mystery and intrigue.
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Image of Mark Bingham © Charlie Hopkinson
Image of Dreda Say Mitchell © Joseph Kaler