Drinking The Kool Aid: Cults

11:30-12:30pm Judge’s Chamber

Louise Jensen (The Family), Alex Marwood (The Poison Garden), Will Carver (Nothing Important Happened Today) and Lisa Jewell (The Family Upstairs) discuss the appeal of cults in fiction.

Chaired by Claire McGlasson (The Rapture).


Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. Described as ‘One of the most original crime writers of his generation’, his latest thrillers, Good Samaritans and Nothing Important Happened Today were books of the year in four newspapers, and hit number one in the ebook charts. He lives in Reading.

Alex Marwood

Killer Woman, Alex Marwood is the international bestselling author of the Edgar-winning The Wicked Girls, the MacAvity-winning The Killer Next Door and the critically praised The Darkest Secret. Her latest novel, The Poison Garden, follows a scattered handful of survivors of a cult massacre as they struggle to survive in an alien world.

Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell was born in London. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was the bestselling debut novel of 1999. Since then she has published another sixteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including Then She Was Gone (a Richard & Judy Book Club pick) as well as I Found You and Watching You. Lisa is a top ten New York Times and number one Sunday Times bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two daughters, two hairy cats, two nervous guinea pigs and a lovely auburn dog.

Louise Jensen

Louise Jensen is a global No.1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Louise has sold over a million English language books and her novels have been sold for translation to twenty-five territories, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers’ lists. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award and The Guardian’s Not the Booker 2018. The Gift has been optioned for TV and film.

Claire McGlasson

Claire McGlasson is an author and journalist whose debut novel The Rapture (Faber and Faber), based on a real religious cult of Edwardian women, was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. She divides her time between reporting for ITV News and writing at her home in Cambridgeshire. 

Alex Marwood

Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of a journalist who has worked extensively across the British press. She is the author of the word-of-mouth sensation The Wicked Girls, which won a prestigious Edgar Award, The Killer Next Door which won the coveted Macavity Award, and The Darkest Secret, which was longlisted by the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year. She has been shortlisted for numerous other crime writing awards and all three of her novels have been optioned for the screen. Alex lives in south London.


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