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NTN: Janet O’Kane interviewed


If you’re looking for an alternative to the grim urban settings that predominate in Scottish crime fiction, then self-published author Janet O’Kane is one to try. Her first book No Stranger to Death offers a gentler setting – the Scottish Borders – but at the same time she’s not afraid of social commentary and the[…]

Iceland Noir: Journey to the glacier with Yrsa Sigurdardottir


Unlike some literary conferences, Iceland Noir (21-23 Nov 2014) went to pains to go beyond the panel discussions, interviews and networking sessions the publishing world is used to. Yes, there were fine dinners, and there was a chilly crime walk with author readings in the streets of Reykjavik too. But the crowning glory of the[…]

NTN: An introduction to ThunderPoint Publishing

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Edinburgh-based ThunderPoint Publishing is one of the youngest independent publishers out there and, with its line-up, an ideal partner for us during New Talent November. ThunderPoint’s first title was launched in April 2013, quickly followed by four more. The company‚Äôs mission statement is to publish exciting and challenging new literature from first-time and established writers[…]

NTN: New authors at Iceland Noir


With a man on the ground reporting from Iceland Noir in Reykjavik, we take a look at some of the new authors who are taking part in the conference to tie in with New Talent November. Each of them either has a book out in English, or has one on the way that might be[…]

Iceland Noir: Is Scotland Nordic?


Today Reykjavik is just as gloomy and grey as yesterday – perfect, then, for today’s key panel discussion on whether or not Scotland’s crime fiction falls into the Nordic mould. The answer is certainly ‘NO!’ authors involved agreed, as they answered questions pitched by South African writer Stanley Trollip. So what makes Tartan Noir distinctive[…]

Iceland Noir: the Nordic setting

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It was the entire city of Reykjavik that played host to Iceland Noir this afternoon, as conference guests braved the cold winds to hear Iceland’s crime authors – both new and established – read from their books at locations relevant to the scenes. It was coordinated by the Ulfhildur Dagsdottir of the Reykjavik City Library.[…]

Iceland Noir: Nordic prespectives, in translation


Though it was 9am, the sun still hadn’t risen as Iceland Noir began this morning at the Nordic House in Reykjavik. Organised by the authors Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Quentin Bates, Ragnar Jonasson and Lilja Sigurdardottir, this year’s event has grown to a three-day affair – if you include a tour of the glacial setting for Yrsa[…]

NTN: The top 10 crime debuts of 2014

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New Talent November is all about new authors, so it’s time to take a look back across 2014 and recall the best debuts we’ve come across. Our team has come together to recommend 10 fresh reads that will set your crime reading world alight. So many of us are committed to those long running series[…]

NTN: Nigel Bird interviewed


Nigel Bird is an original voice in crime who’s found a home at Blasted Heath, Scotland’s first digital-only publisher. We’ve already profiled Blasted Heath for New Talent November 2014 – and Nigel is the author of their latest eBook, Southsiders, the story of a 12-year-old boy unwittingly abandoned by his parents in Edinburgh. This concise,[…]

NTN: An introduction to Caffeine Nights

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This November we take a look at one of the UK’s brightest and most innovative new publishers, Caffeine Nights. Founded in 2007 and based in Kent, the company publishes some of the best crime talent around, and is supporting New Talent November as a sponsor. Shaun Hutson and Nick Oldham are already well established in[…]

Free extract from Peter James’ Want You Dead


On 18 November, the hardback of Peter James’ novel Want You Dead goes on sale in the US. To help spread the word, publisher Minotaur Books has given us an excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book. It’s the latest in the Brighton author’s famous Roy Grace series. So here’s a nice little taste of[…]

NTN: Simon Sylvester interview

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He may have only won a mug, but debut author Simon Sylvester was delighted to pick up The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize last month. The Scots-born, Cumbria-based writer and film maker took the honours with the haunting and enthralling The Visitors. Set on a fictional Scottish isle, it features believable teenage characters, some Celtic[…]


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