'£1,000, cash in hand, to visit one location. It had to be incognito, starting from St John’s Cathedral.'
'Next came the glimpse of movement from the corner of her eye as she hurried along the cobbled streets of Tombland.'
Leo Benedictus writes about breaking rules and pushing boundaries.
The first time I got a sense of the true menace of the Norfolk landscape was after I moved to the county to work for ITV News Anglia.
BBC One’s Death in Paradise is one of the top three most popular programmes on British Television, enjoyed on screen as well as in a…
One of the surprises of writing fiction is that when you finish your book, when it’s published and sent out into the world, it’s still not really finished. As people start to read the book, the characters develop and slip out of your control.
When you live through a trauma, and that trauma changes your life — And when you realise that trauma is actually part of a much larger societal problem, then as a writer, it becomes vital to write about it. Or at least that’s how it was for me.
When it comes to writing noir fiction, I have found that the most bizarre characters and plotlines are ones you just couldn’t invent.
I grew up in Coltishall, in the not-much-of-owt between Norwich and the Broads. It’s ten miles from the city, which seems like nothing now, but to a child in the late 70s it might as well have been another planet.
Did I ever imagine that I would co-write a musical? Not in a million years. I’m a crime writer, not a musical theatre librettist – or at least that’s what I thought.