Crime & Coffee with Kate Hamer and Sarah Hilary (chair: Matt Johnson)

Sat 8th June 2019
Cardiff Central Library Hub, Cardiff, CF101FL
Sarah Hilary’s debut, Someone Else's Skin, won Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and was a World Book Night selection. The Observer's Book of the Month ("superbly disturbing”) and a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, it was a Silver Falchion and Macavity Award finalist in the US. No Other Darkness, the second in the series was shortlisted for a Barry Award. Her DI Marnie Rome series continued with Tastes Like Fear, Quieter Than Killing, and Come and Find Me. Her latest, Never Be Broken, is out in May 2019.

Kate Hamer grew up in the West Country and Wales. Her novel The Girl in the Red Coat was published in 2015. It was shortlisted for The Costa First Novel Prize, the British Book Industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger and the Wales Book of the Year. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into 18 different languages. Her second novel The Doll Funeral was published in February 2017 and was chosen as an editor’s pick on Radio 4’s ‘Open Book’ and Book of the Month in the industry journal The Bookseller. Her third novel Crushed is published by Faber & Faber in May 2019.

Matt Johnson is the author of the 'Wicked Game' trilogy published by Orenda Books and a founder member of Welsh Crime Writers Collective, 'Crime Cymru'. When Matt went through writing therapy to treat PTSD following a 25-yr career in the army and police, he had no idea it would lead to a career as a crime thriller writer. With three novels, a CWA Dagger nomination and a listing by WH Smith at No.22 in their 2018 reader survey of best-ever crime writers, he is now enjoying what he describes as 'a roller-coaster of a retirement'.

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