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Barry Forshaw is acknowledged as a leading expert on crime fiction from European countries, but his principal area of expertise is in the British crime arena, as demonstrated in such books as British Crime Writing, The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction and British Crime Film.
After the success of earlier entries in the series, Nordic Noir and Euro Noir, he returns to the British Isles to produce the ultimate reader's guide to modern British crime fiction (taking in the best from England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland). The word 'Noir' is used in its loosest sense as every major living British and Irish writer is considered, often through a concentration on one or two key books, and exciting new talents are highlighted for the reader.
Forshaw's personal acquaintance with writers, editors and publishers is unparalleled, so Brit Noir features interviews with (and quotations from) the writers, editors and publishers themselves. The characteristics of the very different writing from London, the regions, Scotland, Ireland and Wales are examined and celebrated.
'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' - Shots Magazine
'A must-have for crime fans: for reminding yourself about old favourites, for finding new authors, and for that "What shall we watch?" moment' - Mystery People
Look out for the other books in Barry Forshaw's Noir series, Euro Noir, Nordic Noir, American Noir and Historical Noir, and for his latest book, Crime Fiction: A Reader's Guide.