If you are interested in knowing about the development of crime and detective fiction then the British Library in conjunction with the Folio Society are hosting a free exhibition.
Classic locked-room mysteries, tales of murder and mayhem in quaint villages or gritty adventures on mean city streets.
Crime fiction, which currently accounts for over a third of all fiction published in English, holds millions of people enthralled. Murder in the Library will take you on a fascinating journey through the development of crime and detective fiction, from its origins in the early 19th century through to contemporary Nordic Noir, taking in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first appearance of Miss Marple and the fiendish plots of Dr Fu Manchu along the way.
Free exhibition/ Folio Society Gallery at the British Library
18 January to 12 May 2013
Billingham, Ryan, Wilson, Forshaw At The British Library
As part of Murder in the Library, a new exhibition at the British Library (18 January to 12 May 2013) a series of crime events will take place alongside the exhibition, including Real Crime Real Fiction. In this panel discussion writers, curators and journalists explore the impact of real life crimes on the writing and production of crime fiction both on television and in print. Does the consumption of crime novels influence the way we read about real crime? Where does 'true crime', which takes its inspiration from actual events rather than mere imagination, fit in?
Joining host, writer and journalist Barry Forshaw, will be authors Laura Wilson, Robert Ryan and Mark Billingham and Carla Connolly, curator at St Bartholomew's Pathology Museum.
Real Crime Real Fiction, Monday 21 January 2013 18.30 – 20.00
£7.50 / £5 concessions Conference Centre, British Library
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