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Barry Forshaw is acknowledged as a leading expert on European crime fiction, but his principal area of expertise is in the crime arena of the British Isles. Continuing the earlier success of the series with Nordic Noir and Euro Noir, he now returns home to produce the definitive reader's guide to modern British crime fiction.
Every major living writer of the British Isles is considered, often through a concentration on one or two key books, and exciting new talents are highlighted for the reader. And as the genre is as much about films and TV as it is about books, Brit Noir celebrates crime on the screen as well as on the page.
Barry Forshaw’s personal acquaintance with writers, editors and publishers is unparalleled, and the book contains a host of new first-hand insights into the genre and its practitioners.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR BRIT NOIR
'Unsurprisingly Barry Forshaw's Brit Noir is a wonderful reference book that any self-respecting and serious connoisseur of crime fiction needs to have on their book-shelf.'
- Ayo Onatade, Shots Magazine [read the full review]
'Brit Noir is a book to dip into but also, as I did, to read from cover to cover. I've always considered Forshaw to be an honest reviewer and the book very much reflects his personality. It made the book a stimulating and, at times, amusing read.'
- Sarah Ward, Crime Pieces [read the full review]
'UK critic-author Barry Forshaw long ago established himself as an authority on English-translated Nordic mysteries, producing the guide Nordic Noir in 2013, which he followed up a year later with Euro Noir. Now comes Brit Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to the Crime Fiction, Film & TV of the British Isles (Oldcastle/Pocket Essentials).'
- J. Kingston Pierce, The Rap Sheet [read the full review]
'A must-have for crime fans: for reminding yourself about old favourites, for finding new authors, and for that ‘What shall we watch?’ moment'
- Marsali Taylor, The Mystery People [read the full review]
'Following Nordic Noir and Euro Noir, essential companions to aficionados of the dark side of crime fiction, Barry Forshaw comes home to offer Brit Noir...There is also a fascinating section on the films made of the books mentioned'
- Marcel Berlins, Crime Time [read the full review]
'A treasure trove of a read – BRIT NOIR is the perfect reading companion for all those who love the crime fiction genre.'
- Crime Thriller Girl (Steph Broadribb) [read the full review]
Barry Forshaw is one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction and film. His books include the Keating Award-winning Brit Noir (plus Nordic, American and Euro Noir), Sex and Film and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction. Other work includes Death in a Cold Climate, British Gothic Cinema, British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia (also a Keating Award winner) and Italian Cinema. He writes for various newspapers and DVD booklets, edits Crime Time (www.crimetime.co.uk), and is a regular broadcaster, panellist and panel chair. He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, and emcees the Dagger Awards presentations. more about Barry Forshaw ▶