City University London is inaugurating a Crime Thriller Novels MA. The teaching staff will boast as much teaching experience and as many published works as the teaching staff for the Literary Novels MA. So far, on the team are such writers as Mark Billingham, Laura Wilson and Barry Forshaw.

The list:

Mark Billingham is the author of a series of crime novels featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne, including Scaredy Cat, Lazybones, and The Burning Girl. The latest in the series – Good As Dead – was published in August 2011. Mark is also the author of the standalone novel In The Dark as well as a series of children’s thrillers written under the pseudonym Will Peterson. Visit Mark Billingham’s website to find out more.

Natasha Cooper was born in London and found her natural home in crime, first with the lighthearted Willow King series, then with the Trish Maguire novels. She chaired the Crime Writers’ Association in 1999/2000 and the 2007 Harrogate International Festival. Visit Natasha Cooper’s website to find out more.

Barry Forshaw is the author of Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction. His other books include The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, Film Noir, British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia and a biography of Stieg Larsson. He has written for various national newspapers, edits Crime Time, is a talking head for ITV and BBC TV documentaries and has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.

Sophie Hannah is the author of five psychological thrillers – Little Face, Hurting Distance, The Point of Rescue, The Other Half Lives and A Room Swept White. Her novels are published in 20 countries. The Other Half Lives was shortlisted for the 2010 Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year Award, and Little Face was longlisted for the IMPAC Award. Visit Sophie Hannah’s website to find out more.

John Harvey is best known for his sequence of ten Nottingham-based Charlie Resnick novels, the first of which, Lonely Hearts, was recently chosen by The Times as one of the ‘100 Best Crime Novels of the Century’. Flesh and Blood, the first of three Frank Elder novels, was awarded both the British Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger and the US Barry Award in 2004. Visit John Harvey’s website to find out more.

Cathi Unsworth is a novelist, writer and editor who lives and works in London. Her first novel The Not Knowing was published in 2005, followed in 2007 with the punk noir novel The Singer. Her third novel, Bad Penny Blues, inspired by the unsolved ‘Jack the Stripper’ murders of 1959-65 was published in 2010. Cathi also writes paperback crime reviews for The Guardian. Visit Cathi Unsworth’s website to find out more.

Dan Waddell is the author of The Blood Detective and Blood Atonement – both part of the Nigel Barnhes series of novels. He is previously the author of many books of non-fiction. Visit Dan Waddell’s website to find out more.

Laura Wilson has degrees in English literature from Somerville College, Oxford, and UCL, London. She lives in Islington, London, where she is currently working on her tenth novel. Previous titles include Dying Voices, My Best Friend and the DI Stratton series of novels, the latest fo which is A Capital Crime. She is the crime fiction reviewer for The Guardian newspaper and writes a ‘Crime Fiction Masterclass’ column for Mslexia magazine. Visit Laura Wilson’s website to find out more.

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