Barry Forshaw writes: I’ll be chairing a panel at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival, In Cold Blood: Scandi and Nordic Noir, with the creator of The Killing, Søren Sveistrup and Quentin Bates, who’ll be talking about their new novels. But there are a host of events for crime and thriller fans at the festival this year… the irrepressible Anthony Horowitz introduces his second James Bond book, Mark Billingham reveals how to plot the perfect crime novel, Ian Rankin shares his ‘Desert Island’ books and Sophie Hannah celebrates the Queen Of Crime, Agatha Christie. We’ll also hear from new voices Laura Purcell; former human rights lawyer Alice Clark-Platts; and investigative journalist Holly Watt.Charles Cumming and Mick Herron will be talking about the modern art of spy writing, and former MI5 Officer Annie Machon (Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers), intelligence historian Christopher Andrew (The Secret World) will explore the mysterious world of espionage past and present. They will be new novels from thriller pioneer Frederick Forsyth and Frank Gardner; husband and wife team Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman – otherwise known as Ambrose Parry – plus John Simpson discusses his revelatory thriller Moscow, Midnight.

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