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Books Editorial

booksontyne17.jpg Anyone got any Veras?

The 7th Books on Tyne festival begins in November with plenty of big literary names in attendance including – yes! – Ann Cleeves who has just published ‘The Seagull’, the next in the best selling Vera Stanhope series.

There’s nothing I love more as the dark nights close in than a good crime thriller, and they don’t get much more thrilling (or crime-y) than the Vera Stanhope series which is now eight novels strong with the recent publication of The Seagull. And Ann Cleeves, the author of these acclaimed works, will be at The Books on Tyne festival this year presenting ‘Vera and I’. The festival – which has events taking place at the City Library and the Lit & Phil – has plenty for crime fans to get their teeth into this year including appearances from Mari Hannah (her latest, The Death Messenger, is released on 16 November) and Hugh Fraser (the actor, who has written three novels in the best-selling Rina Walker series, will be in conversation with Gail-Nina Anderson). There will also be plenty of history (including an appearance by local fave John Grundy), sport (including adopted Geordie Terry McDermott) and kids’ stuff, too. I’d also pick out Janet Ellis (the former Blue Peter presenter won much acclaim for her debut novel The Butcher’s Hook), Chris Phipps (the local cultural historian previews his latest, BOOKED! Celebrity Encounters) and Jonathan Tulloch (his Larkinland casts figures from Philip Larkin’s poetry into a novel). Visit their website for the full listings.

Books on Tyne, Saturday 25 November-Sunday 3 December, The Lit & Phil and Newcastle Libraries. booksontyne.co.uk