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Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award

  Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award And read an extract from the 1930s Manhattan-set detective story that won lecturer Lara Thompson a book deal   By Lily Peschardt – originally published on The […]

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Virago/ The Pool Competition Winner Announcement 

  Virago/ The Pool Competition Winner Announcement Sarah Savitt, Publisher at Virago, and Sam Baker, Co-Founder and CEO of The Pool, are thrilled to announce that the winner of the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer […]

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Five Things I’ve Learned About Writing Psychological Thrillers by Clare Mackintosh

After having only two published books I can’t claim to be an expert, but I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. Plus, I’ll let you into a little secret: I LET YOU GO […]

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Virago Writing Tips: A Q&A with Susie Steiner

Readers and reviewers have fallen in love with your detective, Manon Bradshaw. What’s your top tip for creating a compelling central character? I think for a character to be real, you mustn’t sugar-coat them. Give […]

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A Q&A with Helen FitzGerald

Bestselling author Helen Fitzgerald shares her top tips for writing crime, as part of our series for the Virago / The Pool New Crime Writer Prize.    What’s your top tip for creating an intriguing […]

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A Q&A with Kate Hamer

Author of The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll Funeral, Kate Hamer, speaks to Virago Deputy Publisher Sarah Savitt about her experiences of writing and reading crime fiction.  Both of your novels feature […]

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The top five things I have learned about crime fiction from working in TV – by Claire Evans

Claire Evans is author of The Fourteenth Letter, a crime novel set in London 1881, that begins withthe scandal of a bride murdered at her engagement party. Read on for the lessons Claire learnt about […]

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Agents tell us what they’re looking for in a debut crime submission – The Pool / Virago New Crime Writer award

The first step to getting your novel published is getting an agent. Here, a selection of agents whose clients write crime tell us what they look for in a debut submission.  I don’t know what it […]

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