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Ian McGuire, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, and Cathi Unsworth, talk about their historical crime fiction with Rhiannon Ward.

Mar 20, 2021 04:30 PM in London

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Ian McGuire
Ian McGuire grew up near Hull and studied at the University of Manchester and the University of Virginia, USA. In 2007, he co-founded the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. He is the author of Incredible Bodies and the 2016 Man-Booker longlisted novel The North Water. The Abstainer is his third novel.
Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Laura Shepherd-Robinson worked in politics for nearly twenty years before re-entering normal life to complete an MA in Creative Writing at City University. Blood & Sugar, her first novel, won the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown and the Specsavers/Crimefest Best Debut Novel prize; was a Waterstones Thriller of the Month; and a Guardian and Telegraph novel of the year. It was also shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and the Sapere Historical Dagger; the Goldsboro Glass Bell; and the Amazon Publishing/Capital Crime Best Debut Novel, as well as being longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Daughters of Night is her second novel.
Cathi Unsworth
Cathi Unsworth is the author of six pop-cultural noir novels, and the co-author of Defying Gravity, the life and times of punk icon Jordan. As a journalist she has contributed to Sounds, Bizarre Fortean Times, The Guardian and Mojo and she has given many talks and walks for The Sohemian Society, The London Fortean Society, The Barbican Centre and The Bishopsgate Institute. Her latest novel is Bad Penny Blues (Strange Attractor Press, 2021), based on the the ‘Jack the Stripper’ case of 1959-65, which sparked the biggest manhunt in Metropolitan Police history but was never solved. She teaches creative fiction for Curtis Brown Creative and Arvon Foundation, and lives and works in Ladbroke Grove, London. For more go to www.cathiunsworth.co.uk