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February Panelists

Joe Haddow

We are pleased to announce Joe Haddow of BBC Radio 2's Book Club will be our moderator for the evening. 

Tammy Cohen- 'They All Fall Down'

Tammy Cohen (who previously wrote under her formal name Tamar Cohen) has a growing backlist of acclaimed novels of domestic noir, including The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives and Someone Else’s Wedding. Her break-out psychological suspense thriller was The Broken, followed by Dying for Christmas, First One Missing and When She Was

Bad.

 

She lives in north London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one badly behaved dog. Chat with her on Twitter @MsTamarCohen or at www.tammycohen.co.uk.

Tammy Cohen also has a Quick Reads book out for publication on the 1st of February. 'Clean Break' is a psychological thriller following the various stages of an increasingly bitter and disturbing marriage break up, from alternating his and hers viewpoints. Each year, the Reading Agency commissions 6 writers to write a short book about all their usual themes, with accessible sentence structure for beginning adult readers. You can find more information through the charity's website.

CJ Tudor- 'The Chalk Man'

C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.

 

She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.

 

In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.

 

While writing the Chalk Man she ran a dog-walking business, walking over twenty dogs a week as well as looking after her little girl.

 

She’s been writing since she was a child but only knuckled down to it properly in her thirties. Her English teacher once told her that if she ‘did not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author’ he would be ‘very disappointed.’

 

The Chalk Man was inspired by a tub of chalks a friend bought for her daughter’s second birthday. One afternoon they drew chalk figures all over the driveway. Later that night she opened the back door to be confronted by weird stick men everywhere. In the dark, they looked incredibly sinister. She called to her partner: ‘These chalk men look really creepy in the dark . . .’

 

She is never knowingly over-dressed. She has never owned a handbag and the last time she wore heels (twelve years ago) she broke a tooth.

 

She loves The Killers, Foo Fighters and Frank Turner. Her favourite venue is Rock City.

 

Her favourite films are Ghostbusters and The Lost Boys. Her favourite authors are Stephen King, Michael Marshall and Harlan Coben.

 

She is SO glad she was a teenager in the eighties.

 

She firmly believes that there are no finer meals than takeaway pizza and champagne, or chips with curry sauce after a night out.

 

Everyone calls her Caz.

Chris Carter- 'Gallery of the Dead'

Born in Brazil of Italian origin, Chris Carter studied psychology and criminal behaviour at the University of Michigan. As a member of the Michigan State District Attorney's Criminal Psychology team, he interviewed and studied many criminals, including serial and multiple homicide offenders with life imprisonment convictions. He now lives in London. Visit his website www.chriscarterbooks.com and find him on facebook.

Craig Robertson- 'The Photographer'

Craig Robertson was born on April 22, 1962 in England. He is the author of Random, Snapshot, Cold Grave, The Last Refuge, Witness to the Dead and Murderabilia. He started out as a journalist with a Scottish Sunday newspaper. During his 20-year career there he interviewed three Prime Ministers, covered major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
 

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