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Sara Sheridan is an historical novelist who writes two different kinds of books. One is a series of cosy crime noir mysteries set in Brighton in the 1950s and the other is a set of novels based on the real-life stories of late Georgian and early Victorian explorers and adventurers (1820 – 1845). Tipped in Company and GQ magazines, she has been nominated for a Young Achiever Award. She received a Scottish Library Award for Truth or Dare, her first novel, and was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize. An occasional journalist and blogger, Sara appears on BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and blogs for the Guardian and the London Review of Books. She is a twitter evangelist and a self-confessed swot. Sara sits on the Committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland where she lives and also on the board of the UK-wide writers’ collective ‘26’ and took part in the acclaimed 26 Treasures project in 2010 at the V&A, in 2011 at National Museum of Scotland and in 2012 at the Children’s Museum, Bethnal Green. She is a member of the Historical Writers Association and the Crime Writers Association. Sara also mentors for the Scottish Book Trust.

Sun 26 Apr, 2015 - 11.45am

Inventing “Cosy Noir”


Set during the heat-wave of 1953, England Expects finds sophisticated sleuth Mirabelle Bevan investigating the seemingly unrelated murders of a racing journalist and a cleaning woman. Aided by her plucky assistant Vesta, Bevan chases clues from the Brighton Pavilion to a Cambridge quad, and in the process, tumbles headlong into the shady underworld of Brighton freemasonry.

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