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Crime Land

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Ever since Oedipus instigated the search for the murderer of Thebes’ previous King we have been drawn to stories of crime detection. Today there are so many sub-genres – detective fiction, the whodunnit, the forensic thriller, the legal thriller, the … Continue reading

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The Department of Security & Crime Science

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What? I hear you say. Is this Kafka or Orwell? It isn’t fiction, but I’m not surprised at such a reaction, because University College London’s Department for Security & Crime Science is one of the first of its kind in … Continue reading

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The Countdown Begins

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There are forty three days until the 2018 Clapham Book Festival and our publicity and promotion has already begun. This year we have, we think, really got something for everyone, as we bring acclaimed novelists, biographers and poets to Clapham, … Continue reading

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The Day Arrives

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9.00 a.m. First is the physical preparation. Clapham Writers and volunteers, all wearing their Festival T-shirts, assemble at Omnibus at nine in the morning to organise the furniture in the Lounge/Bar area. There will be a very long table covered … Continue reading

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Saturday with Clapham Writers

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On Saturday Clapham Writers were pounding the pavements if not quite pressing the flesh, this isn’t an election campaign. Some of us were out on the streets of the capital this Bank Holiday Saturday promoting the Clapham Book Festival. Clad … Continue reading

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Historical seduction…

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…to be seduced by the romance of a certain place in a certain time, the attraction of an historic cause or an historic style. The discovery of a person who no one seems to have heard of, but who is … Continue reading

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‘Resurrection

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… The Art and Craft‘ is the title of the Man Booker prize-winner Hilary Mantel’s BBC Reith Lectures this Spring. She won the prize for Wolf Hall, the first in the series, as well as Bring Up the Bodies, the … Continue reading

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