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What’s In A Name?

Sorry about the radio silence over the last few months: there’s been something brewing which I couldn’t talk about (and didn’t dare, in case I woke one morning and found it was all a wonderful dream). I submitted my latest book in mid-February, with the… Read more


Oliver Sacks & Dennis Lehane – Shelf Indulgence

Shelf Indulgence is a book column from award-winning novelist, A.D. Garrett, who recommends two books per month across a range of styles and genres, and a mixture of new and old. MYSTIC RIVER, by Dennis Lehane Bantham, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-0553818246 Dennis Lehane has it all: elegant prose and… Read more


Gillian Flynn, and Jeannette Winterson Book reviews

Shelf Indulgence is a book column from award-winning novelist, A.D. Garrett. This book review column recommends two books per month, across a range of styles and genres, and a mixture of new and old. SHARP OBJECTS by Gillian Flynn Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0753822210 When I… Read more


Two Nations Divided by a Common Language

BELIEVE NO ONE opens with an Oklahoma farmer dragging a cottonwood tree out of one of his ponds. What Oklahomans call a ‘pond’, we Brits would call a sizeable lake, and this theme of familiarity and difference – two nations divided by a common language… Read more


In Forensic Science, context is key

At the head of every chapter of the A.D. Garrett forensic thrillers which features Professor Fennimore, there is a quotation. Fennimore’s favourite authors, or one of his personal strictures. I call these Fennimisms. He is very fond of saying, ‘Context is everything.’ It’s true of… Read more


The Pusher: serial killer, Urban Myth, or Bad Stats?

‘There’s a serial killer on the loose in Manchester,’ one of my creative writing students said. As a mystery writer I was agog to know more. Over a period of six years, scores of young men had turned up in rivers and canals around Manchester…. Read more


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