Recent Thrillers and Detective Fiction : Dr Sharon Priestley

"This discussion-based course features recent work in the thriller/detective fiction genre. We will analyse narrative styles, structures, plot, characterisation and more in some excellent examples of what contemporary authors are writing today. In 2015, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins became the fastest-selling adult hardcover novel in history. What is it about this psychological thriller set in suburban England that has attracted so much interest? Next is Magpie Murders a novel by Anthony Horowicz, which features a manuscript of a 'whodunit' within the detective novel itself. It will doubtless leave you guessing until the end. P. D. James, one of the Queens of crime fiction, died in 2014, and we shall read some stories from her The Mistletoe Murder and other Stories published in 2016. Finally, we shall read two stories by James Runcie that feature his Cambridge-based detective, Canon Chambers, who is the focus of the television series, 'Grantchester'. If you enjoy reading thrillers and detective fiction, this may be the course for you! "

Tutor: Dr Sharon Priestley

"Dr Sharon Priestley has presented literature courses for the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education, The Letchworth Settlement, the REC and elsewhere. The topics of her courses range from the novels of Jane Austen to novels that have won the Man Booker Prize, classic and contemporary short stories, poetry, women's writings and children's literature. She also lectures on James Boswell and Samuel Johnson and has given papers focused on those fascinating individuals at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conferences and Literary London conferences."