September Panelists

September 3rd, 2018

Clare Mackintosh - 'Let Me Lie'

Clare Mackintosh is the author of the debut novel, I Let You Go, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015, selling over one million copies worldwide. It won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016, while Clare's second novel, I See You, was a Number One Sunday Times bestseller. I Let You Go and I See You were both selected for the Richard & Judy Book club. Let Me Lie is Clare's third novel, and a Number One Sunday Times bestseller.

Clare is patron of the Silver Star Society, a charity based at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, which supports parents experiencing high-risk or difficult pregnancies. She lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.


For more information visit Clare's website or find her at or on Twitter @ClareMackint0sh #ILetYouGo #ISeeYou #LetMeLie

Beth Lewis - 'Bitter Sun'

Beth Lewis was raised in the wilds of Cornwall and split her childhood between books and the beach. She has travelled extensively and has had close encounters with black bears, killer whales, and Great White sharks. She has been, at turns, a bank cashier, fire performer, juggler, and is currently a Commissioning Editor at a leading London publisher. Her debut, The Wolf Road, was shortlisted for the inaugural Glass Bell Award. Bitter Sun is her second novel.

Lucy Atkins - 'The Night Visitor'

Lucy Atkins is an award-winning feature journalist and author, as well as a Sunday Times book critic. She has written for many newspapers, including the GuardianThe TimesThe Sunday Times, and the Telegraph, as well as magazines such as PsychologiesRedWoman and Home and Grazia. She lives in Oxford.

Vicky Newham - 'Turn a Blind Eye'

Psychologist Vicky Newham grew up in West Sussex and taught in East London for many years, before moving to Whitstable in Kent. She studied for an MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University. Turn a Blind Eye is her debut novel. She is currently working on the next book in the series.

Rod Reynolds - Moderator

Rod Reynolds was born in London and, after a successful career in advertising, working as a media buyer, he decided to get serious about writing. He completed City University's Crime Writing Masters degree and the rights to his debut novel, THE DARK INSIDE, were acquired by Faber even before he graduated. The sequel, BLACK NIGHT FALLING, was published in 2017 and the third book in the Charlie Yates series, COLD DESERT SKY, is out now. Rod lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

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