Bloomsbury Institute LIVE with Holly Watt and Alison Hennessey

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The Bloomsbury Institute proudly presents Holly Watt in conversation in a new series of virtual literary salons with Bloomsbury authors.

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'Vivid and packed with journalistic lore ... Mixing pulsating derring-do with painstaking detective work' Sunday Times

Join us as award-winning author and investigative journalist Holly Watt talks to Alison Hennessey, Publishing Director for Raven Books, about The Dead Line, the second novel in her acclaimed Casey Benedict series and a tense international thriller – perfect for Killing Eve fans who enjoy strong women and compulsive storytelling. Holly will talk about writing, researching and crafting the series so far and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A.

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“Casey is fierce, obsessive and brilliant. Watt, herself an investigative journalist, provides a daunting insight into what the job entails as Casey blackmails and tricks her way to the truth” – Alison Flood, Observer, Thrillers of the Month

A Bangladeshi camp. A British ambassador. A Harley Street doctor.

Investigative journalist Casey Benedict is used to working on stories that will take her from the bottom to the top of society – stories with a huge human cost. And her latest case is no different.

A frantic message is found hidden in clothes manufactured for the British high street. They take the girls…

Casey and her team at the Post know they are on the brink of a major exposé but identifying the factories in which the clothes have been made is one challenge, following the trail of those taken is another.

Their attempts to find the girls will take Casey from her London newsroom across the world and into the very heart of families who will be destroyed if what she uncovers is ever revealed.

“Utterly convincing ... Watt is also an expert at ratcheting up the suspense ... A superbly crafted sequel in what one hopes will be a long running series” – The Times, Thriller of the Month

The Bloomsbury Institute is proud to present this new series of virtual literary salons with Bloomsbury authors. Never miss an event and join our guest list for invites via email.


Thursday, July 30th from 5pm - 5:45pm

Free to attend but places are limited.

30mins conversation, followed by 15mins of Q&A.

Hosted online. A link will be shared with all registered guests the day before the event by email.

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Holly Watt is an award-winning investigative journalist who worked on MPs expenses and the Panama Papers. She has written for the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. Her debut, To The Lions, won the 2019 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize and the Capital Crime Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards. Follow her @holly_watt

Alison Hennessey is Publisher Director for Raven Books at Bloomsbury. Raven Books is the home of the best and brightest in new writing for all those who like their books with a touch of the dark side. Raven Books publishes literary crime, thrillers and suspense with a commercial edge: books that will intrigue, unsettle and engage. Follow @BloomsburyRaven

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