“Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Making Hay: Barclay, Bateman Hit The Festival Circuit

Nice work if you can get it, etc. - the ravishing Alex Barclay (right) and the Artist Formerly Known as Colin Bateman are the Irish representatives on the Crimewave panel (Allan Guthrie also appears) at the Guardian-sponsored Hay Festival, which runs from May 24 to June 3. It's A Crime has the truncated running list, but you can wade in up to your oxters in talking writers (lo! 'tis a paradox!) over at the official Hay Festival site. Oh, and while you're here, check out Alex's Top Ten Psychological Thrillers - she picks Jim Thompson at numero uno. Which is nice ...

3 comments:

Critical Mick said...

Hey, did you catch Alex Barclay's appearance on RTE's The Panel last night? Man, she is skinny enough to swab out the barrel of a .22 pistol! How's a lady that petite write about cops and crooks that are so big n' brutal?

When not holding her own against The Panel's assemblage of nutters, she revealed that she is hard at work on her third novel. This one will take a break from the characters featured in Darkhouse and The Caller. Don't worry, though, they'll be back in Novel # 4.

The experts and I agree: a most enjoyable program!

Eva said...

Goerge Zip says...

That Barclay is a wee belterino. And there was me thinking you got to be ugly to be a writer. I thought my good looks were hampering me. I must be no good for nothin' no how.

critical mick said...

HEY! I'm the resident good-fer-nothin' round these here parts! &: )

That Colin Murphy from The Panel is my hero. He's not only the highlight of two of the best shows RTE has ever done, he's also the author of The Feckin' Book of Irish Slang That's Great Craic for Cute Hoors and Bowsies . (No joke!) I think he was also in the film they made of Divorcing Jack though I'm usually wrong about such things.

PS Most authors are goofy-looking bastards. Thank God not all!

Rock on, Alex Barclay and rock on, The Panel!