ARTS & CULTURE
We don’t have to look very far to find our next great read. With so many talented authors on our doorstep your new favourite book may be closer thanyou think.
By Andrew Hirst
Into Deadly Storms
by Judi Daykin
Detective Sara Hirst returns in this crackling, twisty thriller set in the mysterious beauty of North Norfolk. Author Judi Daykin lives in North Norfolk and was determined that her stories would be set in the countryside around her own home. “I’ve lived in Norfolk for over forty years, and I love the countryside on the north coast. I love the big skies and the patchwork of small villages, the seaside resorts, the wide beaches and the network of back lanes. It has such a strong identity that I knew it could be a major factor in the crimes that I wanted to write about. People often think of Norfolk as the pleasant holiday destination they remember from childhood or a family day out by the sea. But it also has its dark side, and policing in rural communities presents very different challenges to those in a city.” Judi’s stories are gritty police procedurals which reflect the idea that great beauty can sometimes conceal great violence. Into Deadly Storms is the second Norfolk murder for DS Sara Hirst to solve, and it’s a tough one. She is trying to get justice for a teenager in care by following a web of leads that seem to go nowhere. Add in a London criminal on the run, and the problems multiply. Rumour has it that the third installment may be coming later this year. Judi said “I was over the moon when Joffe Books wanted to publish my books. They are helping me develop a series of novels, and all will feature the glorious Norfolk countryside.”
Judi’s first novel Under Violent Skies has been longlisted for the Crime Writers Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award
Mythological Animals: from Basilisks to Unicorns
by Tam O’Malley
This charming pocket-sized guidebook is an excellent addition to anyone’s library, covering a wide range of fabulous and engaging mythological creatures, from the dankest lairs of the Scandinavian Troll to the beautiful wonders of the ancient Egyptian Sphinx. Written by Norwich-based Tam, the book is one of the latest titles in the popular Wooden Books series, created by designer John Martineau in 1999 and now read all over the world. With over 40 mythical creatures to read about you are certain to be entertained; you will even learn which historical figure claimed to have ridden on a unicorn and whose unearthed skeleton reached a monstrous 40 feet in length! Tam, who also works as a researcher for film and television her recent work includes Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure, said “Since I was little I’ve always loved fantastical animals, old history and a good myth or legend. I adored the mythical creatures in the Tomb Raider series and wanted to be Lara Croft when I grew up… some things don’t change! This book was the perfect chance to combine all of these loves into one exciting writing adventure.”
by Mitch Johnson
An outrageous theft. A huge reward. Two friends on the run. An uproariously funny, action-packed new adventure about the power of courage, standing up for what’s right – and fizzy drinks – from the award-winning author of Kick! When the priceless recipe to the world’s most popular drink – thought to be lost forever – washes up at Queenie’s feet, her life changes instantly. Everyone wants it, and with a $10 million bounty on her head, Queenie’s soon on the run. This isn’t what she had in mind when she stared out at the ocean and dreamed of a world beyond her small town. This entertaining piece of children’s fiction is as thought provoking as it is enjoyable. Mitch Johnson also works as a bookseller in Norwich, where he lives with his family. He won the Branford Boase Award in 2018 for his debut novel Kick! as well as being endorsed by Amnesty International for its portrayal of children’s rights. POP! doesn’t disappoint and will undoubtedly be enjoyed by young readers for years to come.