William Shaw - Author Talk

The Old Library, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation


Writer-in-residence William Shaw will be talking about the strange relationship between research and invention in fiction. He'll be asking whether it's the fact that crime writing increasingly occupies a space between fact and fiction that makes it such a good lightening rod for society's very real anxieties, and whether this is the reason why it has become such a popular medium.

William Shaw

William Shaw is a critically-acclaimed writer and is interested in how contemporary crime fiction reflects the social tensions of our time by mixing elements of realism with the fantastical.

Val McDermid said his latest book, Salt Lane, was "taut, terrifying and timely," while Sara Paretsky says "When I finished it I instantly went to his backlist; he is a meticulous, thoughtful and insightful writer." The Wall Street Journal hailed it as "excellent".

The Sun has called him "a modern crime master" while The Independent says, he "combines ironclad storytelling techniques with the linguistic finesse of more literary novelists."

The Times calls him: "A superb flowing writer… perhaps Britain's most adept at using dialogue to propel his always intelligent stories."

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