Lesley Thomson

Associate Tutor - MA Creative Writing and Publishing
Tutor - Certificate in Crime Writing

Lesley Thomson’s first novel Seven Miles From Sydney, (ed: Jeanette Winterson) was one of London’s City Limit’s Books of the Year in 1987.

A Kind of Vanishing won the 2010 People’s Book Prize. In 2013 The Detective’s Daughter was Amazon UK’s longest-running #1, knocking JK Rowling (AKA R. Galbraith) to #2. The Detective’s Daughter series has sold over 800K copies. Stella Darnell is ‘one of the most original characters in British Crime Fiction’ Sunday Times. The Playground Murders, (2019) is as ‘compelling as its predecessors … A white-knuckle read’ A.N Wilson, The Tablet. Lesley’s standalone Death of a Mermaid (2020) is described by William Shaw as ‘a brilliant tale of dark secrets … like nothing else you’ll read this year.’

As well as workshops for several crime festivals, for the past decade, Lesley has run writing courses at the South Bank Centre, Sussex University and Brighton’s Creative Writing School.


Death of a Mermaid, 2020, Head of Zeus
The Playground Murders, 2019, Head of Zeus
The Death Chamber, 2018, Head of Zeus
The Dog Walker, 2017, Head of Zeus
The House With No Rooms, 2016, Head of Zeus
The Runaway, 2015, Head of Zeus
The Detective's Secret, 2015, Head of Zeus
Ghost Girl, 2014, Head of Zeus
The Detective's Daughter, 2013, Head of Zeus
A Kind of Vanishing, 2011, Myriad Editions
Seven Miles From Sydney, 1987 

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