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Jake Kerridge- Moderator

Our moderator for the evening, Jake Kerridge, writes on arts and books for a number of publications and takes an unhealthy interest in violence and murder as the Telegraph's crime fiction critic.

Elly Griffiths- 'The Dark Angel'

Elly Griffiths was born in London. The inspiration for her books about forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway came from her husband who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist. Elly lives near Brighton but often spends holidays on the wild Norfolk coast. She has two children and a cat. The Dark Angel is the tenth in the Ruth Galloway series

Sarah Vaughan- 'Anatomy of a Scandal'

Anatomy of a Scandal combines Sarah Vaughan's experiences as a news reporter and political correspondent on the Guardian with her time as a student reading English at Brasenose College, Oxford, in the Nineties. Published in the UK, US, Australia, NZ, Canada and South Africa, it will be translated into 17 languages throughout 2018 and 2019. 


Anatomy of a Scandal is her third novel, her first courtroom drama/psychological thriller and her first book for Simon & Schuster. Married with two children, she lives just outside Cambridge and is currently finishing her fourth novel.

Matthew Blakstad- 'Lucky Ghost'

Matthew Blakstad  writes pacy, character-driven fiction that explores the impact of technology on how we live and who we are. His first published story, Fallen Angel, a 100-page micro-thriller, came out in May 2016, followed by Sockpuppet, his first full-length novel. His second novel, Lucky Ghost, came out in July 2017. All three books are part of the Martingale Cycle, a series of standalone stories gravitating around a fictional computing pioneer and political radical called Elyse Martingale. 

Stav Sherez- 'The Intrusions'

Stav Sherez is a British novelist whose first novel, The Devil's Playground, was published in 2004 by Penguin Books and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger. Sherez attended Latymer Upper School and the University of Leeds. His latest work, The Intrusions, is a Sunday Times and Guardian Book of the Year.

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March Panelists

March 5th, 2018