Mark Billingham and John Connolly are hugely popular and highly respected crime writers. On this special evening, both writers will be sharing the spotlight, chatting to each other about their novels and the murky world of crime fiction.
Mark Billingham’s series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel of The Year Award. His standalone thriller In the Dark was chosen as one of the twelve best books of the year by The Times and his debut novel, Sleepyhead, was chosen by The Sunday Times as one of the 100 books that shaped the decade. Each of Mark’s novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, and Good As Dead, Rush of Blood, The Bones Beneath and Time of Death, all topped the Sunday Times bestsellers lists at number one.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of The Book of Lost Things, publisher Hodder and Stoughton are re-releasing John Connolly’s bestselling novel, born from a passion for stories. John, best known for his crime thrillers, has always brought into his books elements that bounce them out of genre. These have included strands of ghost story, gothic, even mythology, but also the bleakest of fairy tales. In The Book of Lost Things, he gives his dark imagination full rein. Allegorical, lyrical, extraordinarily well-observed, with moments of pure genius and humour, this is a book about childhood, about coming of age, and about the impact of reading and books on a child.