10.15-11.15am Judge’s Chamber

Featuring YA novelists Karen M McManus (NY Times bestselling author of One of Us is Lying) and Holly Jackson (author of bestseller A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder) and middle-grade novelists Elly Griffiths (bestselling crime novelist for adults, whose first novel for children is A Girl Called Justice) and Robin Stevens (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries).

Chaired by Laura Wilson (crime novelist and Guardian crime fiction reviewer).


Holly Jackson started writing stories from a young age, completing her first (poor) attempt at a novel aged fifteen. She lives in London and aside from reading and writing, she enjoys playing video games and watching true crime documentaries so she can pretend to be a detective. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is her first novel and her new novel Good Girl, Bad Blood is out in April 2020.


Robin Stevens is the author of the Murder Most Unladylike series. The first book in the series was the biggest middle-grade debut of 2014, winning the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the Young Fiction category and garnering a loyal fan base and huge critical acclaim. Her latest novel Top Marks For Murder topped the official children’s bestsellers charts


Elly was born in London to Italian/English parents, and has lived near Brighton since she was five. She worked in a library, then forThe Bookseller magazine and finally at HarperCollins, before becoming a full-time writer. She is best known for her Ruth Galloway series of crime novels, published by Quercus Books, and has won a Crime Writers’ Association Dagger for her work. Elly works in a writing shed in her garden, usually accompanied by her cat, Gus.

Karen McManus

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son. One of Us Is Lying is her debut novel.


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