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Lisa Alabaksh

A former head teacher, community support worker and specialist foster carer who has lived in Haringey, North London for pretty much all of my 47 years....


Stephen Baines

Yorkshire born and bred, and  ancestors who were mariners of Whitby in the 18th and 19th Centuries, which have been the inspiration of all my books


Melvyn Barnes has spent the whole of his career in public libraries.  He began as a school leaver in Kent, then occupied posts of increasing seniority in Hertfordshire, Manchester, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Ipswich...

Melvyn Barnes


Charlie Cochrane

Because Charlie Cochrane couldn't be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her mystery novels include the Edwardian era Cambridge Fellows series, and the contemporary Lindenshaw Mysteries.

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Earnest Dudley

Born in Dudley, Worcestershire, in July 1908, Vivian Ernest Coltman-Allen grew up in Cookham, Berkshire, where his father kept a hotel. Famous artist Stanley Spencer lived next door and was a friend of the family...


Fancis Durbridge (1912-1998) was the twentieth century's foremost writer of thrillers for radio and television. His radio serials are still broadcast today, and his novels and stage plays remain popular worldwide...

Francis Durbridge  

Fancis Durbridge (1912-1998) was the twentieth century's foremost writer of thrillers for radio and television. His radio serials are still broadcast today, and his novels and stage plays remain popular worldwide...


Norman Firth

English writer Norman Firth was born on 8th October 1920, in Crupsall, Manchester, to Mary and Henry Wesley Firth. His first employment consisted of factory work, and during the early years of the war, he had aspirations to become a writer.


Dolores Gordon-Smith

Dolores Gordon-Smith is the author of the Jack Haldean murder mystery series set in 1920’s England, the Dr. Anthony Brooke WW1 spy stories, and the introduction to the classic crime novel, The Ponson Case, for HarperCollins...


Linda Gruchy spent eight years in clinical research before starting a family, after which she had a variety of jobs including gym instructor, aromatherapist and gardener. The Elversford Mysteries came about from a chance remark by one of her clients...

Linda Gruchy 


Andrea Jutson

Andrea Jutson is a writer from Auckland, New Zealand. She has written two crime novels featuring reticent medium James Paxton, the first of which is Senseless, and is at work on a third. In her career, Andrea has been a bookseller, journalist, collections librarian, book buyer and journalist again, and once spent almost a year selling tickets at a heritage site in London...


Janet Laurence had her first three books published in the same year 1989. One of them was a guide to good food in Somerset, another a cookery book, THE LITTLE BOOK OF FRENCH COOKERY...

Janet Laurence


Susan Moody

Susan Moody began writing crime novels with Penny Black, the first of the seven Penny Wanawake crime novels. This was followed by Penny Dreadful,  Penny Post,  Penny Royal,  Penny Wise,  Penny Pinching and Penny Saving.  Takeout Double...


At the age of 40 Marilyn Pemberton decided she wanted to exercise the right side of her brain and so commenced a part-time BA in English literature. This progressed to an MA and then to a PhD on the utopian & dystopian aspects of Victorian fairy tales...

Marilyn Pemberton


Antonio Scaglioni

Antonio Scaglioni was accidentally born in Florence, Italy (he would have preferred London or New York) on 17 December 1956, and almost immediately distinguished himself from his compatriots by his lack of interest in art 'with a capital A'... 


Nicola Slade has been a Brown Owl and an antiques dealer, and once lived in Cairo for a year. Her published novels include a romantic comedy, Scuba Dancing, three Victorian mysteries featuring young Victorian widow, Charlotte Richmond, and three contemporary mysteries about recently-retired...

Nicola Slade


Indriði G. Thorsteinsson

Indriði G. Thorsteinsson (April 18, 1926 – September 3, 2000) first received attention on winning a short story contest in 1951 with Blástör, a humorous and erotic fertility story and a volume of short stories, Sæluvika. In 1955 he published his first novel, Cab 79....

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Gerald Vener

Gerald Verner, was born John Robert Stuart Pringle on 31 January 1897 Ramsden Road, Balham - in the Registration District of Wandsworth in the Sub-District of Streatham, London. He was the son of John Charles Rochfort Douglas-Willan Stuart Pringle, a schoolteacher and Ellen Emma Stuart Pringle who performed on the stage as Miss Geraldine Verner...

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