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Crime is the third annual themed compendium of essays from Five Leaves, following Maps and Utopia. The essays are quirky, intelligent and thought-provoking. Subjects in this collection range from true crime stories, personal experiences, historic essays and material on crime fiction.

“a curious rattle-bag of writing”
The Guardian

Jon McGregor – 'Coroners' Courts'

Jon McGregor won the IMPAC prize for his novel about drug users, Even the Dogs.

John Harvey – Z-Cars Remembered

One of Britain's best-selling crime writers, John Harvey’s latest novel is Good Bait.

Peter Mortimer – Junior Crime Reporter

Peter Mortimer directs a theatre company and is the editor at Iron Press. He was formerly a junior crime reporter for the Whitley Bay Advertiser.

John Stuart Clark – Being a Scrappie

John Stuart Clark is a cartoonist. His graphic novel Depresso was shortlisted for the MIND Book of the Year.

Alan Dent – One Day in Whitehaven

Founder and editor of Penniless Press, Alan Dent is the translator of many French poets.

Russel D McLean – Chandler Revisited

Russel McLean has published three crime novels with Five Leaves. He works as a bookselller in Dundee.

Danuta Reah – Forensic Linguistics

Danuta Reah's crime novels are published by HarperCollins. She was chair of the Crime Writers Association and volunteers with a refugee support group in Sheffield.

David Belbin – Turning Fact into Crime Fiction

David Belbin's Nottingham-based crime novels are published by Tindal Street.

Rod Madocks – Dyadic Deaths

Rod Madocks worked in mental health, including in secure units. His novel No Way to Say Goodbye was shortlisted for the ITV Crime/Thriller Awards.

Melanie McGrath – Riders on the Storm – Hell's Angels

A crime writer and journalist, Melanie McGrath’s latest book is A Boy in the Snow.

Michael Eaton – Charlie Peace, in Life and Death

Michael Eaton is a film-maker. His TV documentary subjects included Harold Shipman. His play about Charlie Peace opens at Nottingham Playhouse in October.

Deirdre O'Byrne – The Kerry Babies

Deirdre O'Byrne teaches Irish and English history at Loughborough University and Irish history and the Irish language in Birmingham and Nottingham.

John Lucas – The First Murderer

John Lucas has written many books, including academic studies of Dickens' major novels. He is currently finishing a history of whistling (yes, really).

Ann Featherstone – Victorian Crime

Ann Featherstone works at the University of Manchester, her interests are mainly Victorian, including 'freak shows' and circuses. Her latest novel is The Newgate Jig.

Damien Seaman – The Police in Weimar Germany

Damien Seaman lived in Berlin for several years. His first novel is The Killing of Emma Gross, based on a true story and set in Weimar Germany.

Paul Barker – The Isle of Sheppey

Paul Barker was editor of New Society. His latest book is a memoir of Hebden Bridge.

Hilary Spiers – Waking the Silent Suspect

Hilary Spiers is a playwright and short story writer living in Lincolnshire. Her first collection of short stories is The Hour Glass.


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