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Pauline Rowson and Graham Hurley in Portsmouth Coppers at Portsmouth BookFest

Pauline Rowson and Graham Hurley
Two of the south's leading crime writers, Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson, whose novels are set in Portsmouth, come under interrogation in a brand new event for Portsmouth BookFest, called Portsmouth Coppers being held on Saturday 4 March at Portsmouth Central Library.

Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson will be cross examined by former criminal barrister and crime author Diana Bretherick about why they set their crime novels in Portsmouth and what is it about the waterfront city that holds such a fascination for them and their fictional detectives.

Portsmouth BookFest is organised by Portsmouth City Library Service and the Hayling Island Bookshop and runs from 13 February to 4 March 2017.

Portsmouth Coppers will give the audience the chance to hear how Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson research and write their crime novels.  There will also be plenty of time for the audience to put their questions to the authors. The panel debate will be followed by a book signing. 

Pauline RowsonPauline Rowson was raised in Portsmouth a city which she shares with her flawed and rugged sailing detective, Andy Horton, who appears in thirteen crime novels with the latest Lethal Waves, published in February 2017.  As well as the DI Horton series she is author of two standalone crime novels and two in a new series featuring Art Marvik, a former Royal Marine Commando, turned undercover investigator for the UK’s National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) who appears in Silent Running and Dangerous Cargo.  Her crime novels have been translated into several languages and the Andy Horton novels have been optioned by Lime Pictures, makers of Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, who are hoping to bring the enigmatic detective to the television screens.

Graham Hurley credit Laura MunosGraham Hurley is the author of the DI Joe Faraday and DC Paul Winter crime novels set in Portsmouth which have been successfully adapted into a French television series.  Hurley's  move to Devon sparked a new spin-off crime series featuring DS Jimmy Suttle in Western Approaches and Touching Distance the latter of which has made it to a screen adaptation in France.  His latest novel Finisterre published by Head of Zeus in December 2016, is an international thriller set in the Second World War.

Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson will be quizzed by Diana Bretherick who worked as a criminal barrister for ten years and with offenders at Brixton prison before becoming a crime writer. She is the author of two crime novels published by Orion, The City of Devils and The Devil's Daughters. 

Portsmouth Coppers is being held on Saturday 4 March between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Portsmouth Central Library. Tickets cost £8 and can be purchased on line, or by telephone 023 9268 8037 or in person from any Portsmouth City Council Library.


For further information please contact us.

Portsmouth Coppers this year replaces CSI Portsmouth, an event organized by Pauline Rowson which brings together crime authors, police and forensic experts to debate crime fiction and crime fact. 

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