Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Local Literary feature with Marie Kemplay

Today we were joined by Marie Kemplay and Howard Linskey.  Howard's new book, 'Dead Behind Eyes', is going to be released on the 19th of May.  It's the second book in three, but it can also be read as a stand alone book. His book is a crime novel set in the 90s, and Howard chose to set it then because he himself was a journalist at this time, so he can write with a great deal of accuracy.  Setting it in the 90s means that the characters in the book are able to use less technology, but this makes the novels more interesting as it is more challenging for them to solve the crime.  While writing this book, Howard was influenced by issues in the media, such as corruption and bribery.  He said he looks at news stories and exaggerates them into crime fiction, because in many cases life is stranger than fiction.  This book is set in Newcastle and many places mentioned are real places.
Howard's book launch is taking place on the 11th June in Waterstones in Welwyn Garden City, between 6pm and 8pm.   Howard's website is www.howardlinskey.co.uk  and his twitter is @HowardLinskey

After Howard left, Marie discussed the new Harry Potter play, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', which is being released on the 31st July.  This date is notable not only because it is JK Rowling's birthday, but it is also Harry Potter's birthday as well.  In addition to this, an original map of Middle Earth drawn by JRR Tolkien has been found.  It includes notes to the illustrator and gives fans a greater insight into the world of Middle Earth.

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