It should come as no surprise that we have plenty of successful authors here in Oxfordshire and, as a result of starting to get to know some of them, we plan to run a regular feature called MEET THE AUTHOR in our events programme.
This will take various formats, possible with a couple of successful authors having a conversation and taking questions or with an author telling us about their latest book and how they got to write and publish it.
There will always be a book signing opportunity and some suitable refreshment to accompany good company and an interesting speaker.
Here are some of the authors we have identified and whom we hope to encourage to come to Church House to share their experience with us.
William Ryan is an Irish writer living in London. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and the University of St Andrews and worked as a lawyer before becoming a full-time author His first novel, The Holy Thief, was published in 2010. His second novel, The Bloody Meadow, was published in 2011. Next came The Darkening Field in 2012, The Twelfth Department in 2013 and The Constant Soldier in 2015. They have been shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year Award, the CWA New Blood Dagger, the Irish Fiction Award and twice for the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award. His latest book is due out this year and is based in Nazi Germany. We hope to hear more from William in Church House. William lives in London with his wife and son but has family connections here in North Oxfordshire.
Clare Mackintosh was a police officer for twelve years with time in the CID and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant and is now a full-time author. Her first novel, I Let You Go, was published in 2015 and was listed as a Sunday Times Bestseller and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in this year. It has been selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club and ITV’s Loose Women’s ‘Loose Books’. Her second book is called I See You and is due to be published in August 2016. Watch this space and we hope she might join William Ryan in talking about authorship.
Sharon Bolton is the author of the Lacey Flint series of crime novels. Lacey Flint is a detective constable in the Metropolitan Police and the novels take you into the darker side of London.
She has published Now You See Me in 2011, Dead Scared in 2012, Lost in 2013 and A Dark & Twisted Tide in 2014. Publication of her next novel – Here Be Dragons – is imminent. Sharon lives in Oxfordshire.
Bruce Duncan lives very locally. He was born and educated in South India. He enjoyed a long and distinguished military career. His final posting was as the British Defence Attaché, Jordan. Away from the demands of military life, he took every opportunity to explore the landscape and meet the people of each country he visited. He explored the desert; ate with Bedouins; slept under the stars near the pyramids of Meroe in Sudan. He spent an unforgettable Christmas with his family at the beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal in India where he first went to school.
In 1988, life took a different turn. Arriving in Kuwait just after the end of the Iran/Iraq war, tensions were high and storm clouds were building on the political horizon. After international negotiations with Saddam Hussein broke down, Duncan and his family experienced the full horrors of the unanticipated and brutal Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. This is the subject matter of his book The Loan Soldier. We hope Bruce will be able to join us for a Meet The Author session in Church House.