On the 25th of March we are pleased to announce crime novelist Patrick Redmond, who will be talking about his books, what inspires him and the genre of crime.
Before he became a writer, Patrick went to boarding school in Essex and finished his schooling in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Then he studied law at Leicester University. He admits that one of the most important things that he learnt while being a lawyer was the importance of structure, which still helps him in writing. Having graduated, he spent a year in Vancouver, doing a Masters degree at the University of British Columbia. He spent ten years working as a lawyer in London, specializing in European and Commercial Law, but he decided to change the course of his life and gave a start to his professional career as a writer in 1998.
His first novel was published in 1999, called the The Wishing Game. It is a psychological thriller about what seems to be at first as innocent but dangerous friendship between two boys, set in the mysterious Kirkston Abbey School for Boys. The book was a great success and he then published three further novels. His books have been translated into fifteen languages.
Some of the typical themes in his books include insanity, death and secrets.
Currently Patrick lives in West London and has just finished his fifth novel, The Replacement which will be released 20th March.
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