At the start of the Swinging Sixties, a serial killer nicknamed Jack The Stripper stalked te streets of West London. In Bad Penny Blues, Cathi Unsworth smartly weaves together fact and fiction as she tells the stories of Stella – a young fashion- designer who is haunted by visons of the dead women – andContinue reading “Recommended Read: Bad Penny Blues by Cathi Unsworth”
Published in 2005, Cathi Unsworth’s The Not Knowing was her first novel. It is set in London in the early ’90s and what a great slice of London life it is. Diane Kemp is a journalist working for the trendy Lux magazine. When an uber-hip British film director goes missing she is dragged into theContinue reading “Recommended Read: The Not Knowing by Cathi Unsworth”
PDB: What’s going on now? Right now is kind of mayhem. Just had the release of the Eddie Kane trilogy, so trying to push what feels like a million buttons at once. Fantastic stuff though – really exhilarating. ‘Act of Contrition’ is already beginning to turn some heads. This feels in some ways like theContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Dominic Milne”
Paul Thompson’s BRITISH 60s CINEMA website is a gem. Don’t take my word for it, the great Cathi Unsworth is a fan, too. Here’s the SP: ‘This website will celebrate the vitalilty and variety of British cinema in the 1960s (whilst straying back into the 1950s and on into the 1970s, and sometimes just covering interestingContinue reading “Recommended Read: British ’60s Cinema by Paul Thompson”
“Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him” From its brilliant opening line, Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock (1938) grabs you by the throat and almost strangles you with its intensity. The lives of fanatstically rich characters, such as big hearted Ida Arnold who is investigating Hale’s murderContinue reading “Recommended Reads: Brighton Rock by Graham Greene / Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth”
The Killing Times is a great website that looks at crime fiction on TV. They’ve asked various writers, such as Cathi Unsworth, Eva Dolan, Sarah Hilary and more, to talk about their favourite crime TV shows of 2014. I blab on a bit about FARGO.
America may well be the official home of pulp and noir but the United Kingdom, long perceived as the land of tame Dame Agatha style cozies and stuck-up, Latin quoting police detectives, also has a grubby underbelly which has produced plenty of gritty crime writing. And there is a new wave of Brit GritContinue reading “What The Hell Is Brit Grit ?”
PDB: Can you pitch your latest publication, “Weirdo”, in 25 words or less? CU: Teenage trauma in a Norfolk seaside resort. Female transgression, witchcraft and witch hunts, corrupt establishment and the power of friendship. PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently? CU: The novels “How I Killed Margaret Thatcher” byContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview : Cathi Unsworth”