A week today, I’ll be chairing two wonderful German-themed panels at Newcastle Noir. If you’re anywhere near Newcastle, please do come along. The events are truly excellent value (£5!) and offer a brilliant opportunity to see six outstanding British, Irish and German crime writers in action.
Panel 4 on ‘German Historical Fiction’, Sat 29 April, 3 – 4pm at the Lit and Phil.
The ‘German Historical Fiction’ panel features Luke McCallin, William Ryan and David Young, three English-language authors who write historical crime novels and thrillers featuring German protagonists and/or German settings. We’ll be exploring each of these authors’ works and the challenges of writing on morally complex historical subjects.
Luke McCallin’s work with the UN inspired him to write the ‘Gregor Reinhardt’ historical crime series, which follows a German intelligence officer in Sarajevo during the Second World War (No Exit Press). His latest novel, The Ashes of Berlin, sees Reinhardt return to Berlin, now under Allied occupation, in 1947.
William Ryan’s ‘Captain Korolev’ series, set in 1930s Stalinist Russia, has established him as a top historical crime writer. His latest novel, The Constant Soldier (Mantle), is a historical thriller set in German-occupied Silesia in 1944, and was inspired by genuine photos showing SS personnel on leave at a ‘rest-hut’ near Auschwitz.
David Young was a journalist before becoming a full-time author. His debut novel Stasi Child, set in 1970s East Germany, won the 2016 CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger. The second in the ‘Karin Müller’ series, Stasi Wolf, was published earlier this year (Bonnier Zaffre).
Panel 6 on ‘German Noir’, Sat 29 April, 6.30-7.30pm at the Lit and Phil.
The ‘German Noir’ panel features three of German crime fiction’s brightest talents – Sascha Arango, Cay Rademacher and Wulf Dorn. They’ll be talking about their works, ranging from historical crime to psychological thrillers, and the vibrant German Krimi scene.
Sascha Arango is one of Germany’s most prominent screenplay writers and a two-time winner of the Grimme Prize for his work on the iconic TV-crime series Tatort. His 2015 novel The Truth and Other Lies (trans. Imogen Taylor; Simon & Schuster), features an outrageous Ripley-esque protagonist and was a Radio 2 Bookclub choice.
Cay Rademacher is the author of the ‘Stave’ trilogy (trans. Peter Millar; Arcadia), which shows Chief Inspector Frank Stave fighting crime in the ruins of 1947 British-occupied Hamburg. Cay is also the author of a series set in the Provence – the first, Murderous Mistral, will be available in English in September 2017 (St Martin’s Press).
Wulf Dorn’s first novel Trigger was an international bestseller. Since then he has published six more psychological thrillers, which have been translated into ten languages. He has won numerous awards, including the French Prix Polar for Best International Author.
‘German Noir’ is supported by Goethe-Institut London and Swansea University.
And for a free chapter from Crime Fiction in German, just click here > https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa25191
AND if you’re around on Thursday 27th April… David Young, author of Stasi Child and Stasi Wolf, offers an illustrated talk about the real-life stories behind his novels at the Newcastle Noir fringe. This includes world exclusive photos of a mid-1970s escape with a twist which inspired a key plot point in Stasi Child. Dare you take part in a Communist v Capitalist tasting test of hazelnut chocolate spread? I’ll be helping out… Yum!
Wish I could be there, Katharina!
Me too, Jose Ignacio! Would be lovely to meet you.
Very kind of you Mrs P.!
Wow! What a fabulous line-up. I especially wish I were there for Cay Rademacher and Luke McCallin – and of course the Nudossi.
Thanks! Will try to write up reports of the discussions so that you can get a flavour.
This sounds wonderful! I really do wish I could be there! I know it’ll be fantastic.
If only, Margot! It would be great to meet you and have you join in the discussion!
I won The Truth and Other Lies in your competition, and enjoyed it to pieces — perhaps my favorite book of the year. Please, when you see him, give Sascha Arango my sincere thanks for such a hugely entertaining read. (And yourself for the copy, of course!)
Great to hear, and I will be sure to pass that message along to Sascha. The Truth and Other Lies was one of my standouts too – a wickedly clever and assured debut.
See you there, Mrs P!
Fabulous! Look forward to seeing you, Lizzy 🙂
I really enjoyed it!
Lovely to hear! Did we meet at any point? Remind me! If not then next year!!!
Yes we did – I filled in one of your forms – told you I followed your blog but hadn’t said hi yet!
Yes, I remember now, and recognise you from your profile pic. Phew! Would have been such a shame if we hadn’t met x
And thanks for filling out the survey – much appreciated!
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