Broken Monsters: The Launch Party

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Last night, fans and friends of Lauren Beukes flocked to the 71a gallery in Old Street for the launch of her terrifyingly brilliant new novel, Broken Monsters. But this was no ordinary launch … on arrival, guests were asked to log into our Broken Monsters app, a personality test that determines what kind of killer you are. Attendees were also asked to fill in luggage labels and hang them in the super cool ‘secret room’, a UV light-adorned cavern hidden behind a huge projector screen.

Photos from Lauren’s trip to Detroit adorned the walls, and she later spoke about the research she did there and the people she met, many of whom inspired characters in the book. Lauren finished off her speech with a captivating reading, made all the more atmospheric by the creepy video clips showing in the background.

Check out photos from the event below and take our Killer Personality Test to determine what kind of killer YOU would be. Are you a Broken Monster? A Psychopath? A Chainsaw Cannibal? Click here to find out…


Stuart MacBride visits South Africa

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Last month, Stuart MacBride visited South Africa for a whirlwind tour of meeting with bookshops, readers, radio presenters and other authors. Here are some of the highlights from his visit!

Stuart MacBride in South Africa

The BIG Event! at Indulgence Cafe in Northcliff, Johannesburg
Stuart MacBride in conversation with Margie Orford (the queen of South African crime fiction)

Stuart MacBride in South Africa

The Jenny Crwys-Williams Show (presenting her Wednesday book show – themed Masters of Murder – live in front of a studio audience).
From left to right: Jenny Crwys-Williams (Radio 702), Stuart MacBride, and South African crime author and blogger Mike Nicol.

Stuart MacBride in South Africa

Crime and Entertainment event: High tea and panel discussion
From left to right: Andrea Marchesi (publicist at Jonathan Ball Publishers), Stuart MacBride, South African crime author Gareth Crocker, Talita van Graan (Exclusive Books Events Coordinator)

Stuart MacBride in South Africa

Display of Stuart MacBride’s latest release for sale at the Crime and Entertainment event: High tea and panel discussion with Stuart MacBride and South African crime author Gareth Crocker.

Stuart MacBride in South Africa

Launch of Close to the Bone at The Book Lounge in Cape Town.
Stuart MacBride in conversation with John Maytham (talk show host on Cape Talk radio, also hosts a crime fiction book show on Fridays)

Stuart’s latest book, Close to the Bone, is out in paperback next week! You can pre-order it now or download the eBook straight away right here.

Guest post from Anya Lipska: Notes from a Harrogate panel novice

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where the devil cant goEarlier this week we shared Kate’s trip to Harrogate last weekend, but what is the festival like from an author perspective? Anya Lipska shares her experience…

Theakstons Crime Festival in Harrogate is Europe’s biggest crime fiction event and an annual highlight for writers and hardcore fans of the genre, so when Val McDermid chose me to appear on her ‘New Blood’ panel showcasing debut authors, to say I was chuffed would be a howling understatement.

When I climbed down off the ceiling, it dawned on me that the biggest audience I’d ever faced was six members of a book club in the back room of my local pub, an informal affair involving much pinot grigio. Clearly, I would need a bit of pre-match training if I wasn’t going to freeze, faint or gibber in front of what I was told would be a big crowd of crime aficianados. Luckily, I had a date in the diary to speak to a reading group at Barking Library, which was an enjoyable and useful dry run in finding out what people were – and weren’t – interested in hearing from an author.

On the big day, I was asked to turn up half an hour early to get miked up by a sound engineer in the ‘Green Room’, where I met lovely fellow panellists Malcolm Mackay, Colette McBeth and Derek B Miller. And then, in came the ‘Queen of Crime’ herself. I’ve been a fan of Val McDermid’s work ever since I was gripped by the atmospheric A Place of Execution, so meeting her in person was a treat in itself. Val’s something of a legend as a panel moderator and had clearly developed the knack of putting us at our ease. The key thing to remember, she told us, was that the audience were passionate crime fans and that they “wanted to love us.” She told us she’d be asking four main questions: what our books were about; what had drawn us to crime; our journey to publication; and a sneak preview of the book we were currently working on.
And then we were entering a vast room, a good 40 metres long, bubbling with chatter, and mounting the stairs to the stage. The event was sold out, with some 300 people in the audience. Barking Library this wasn’t.

I was pretty nervous at first, but as it went on I began to enjoy myself and by the end, I was disappointed to find it was over! People said they enjoyed my contribution and I signed a lot of books so hopefully I didn’t made a complete ass of myself… And now that I know what to expect, and how warmly supportive an audience of enthusiastic readers can be, I’m itching to do the next one.

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Anya’s book, Where The Devil Can’t Go, is out now – read a fantastic review of it here.