Jakob Bothe, better known by his pen name Jakob Arjouni, was a German author. He received the 1992 German Crime Fiction Prize for One Murder. Jakob Arjouni was born in Frankfurt am Main, he ended his university studies and published his first novel Happy Birthday, Türke! at the age of 20. This was the first in his Kayankaya series of crime novels, featuring private detective Kemal Kayankaya, set in Frankfurt am Main where Arjouni resided; the series brought him recognition both in Germany and abroad: the books were translated into 10 different languages. In 1987, he received the Baden-Württembergischen Autorenpreis für das deutschsprachige Jugendtheater for his play Nazim schiebt ab. In 1992, he received the German Crime Fiction Prize for One Murder, he died, aged 48, after a long fight against pancreatic cancer. Arjouni's works are about contemporary problems, he writes about the environment he is familiar with. Although Kayankaya was adopted and brought up by a German family, he subjected to racism due his ethnic Turkish appearance, the others made fun of him.
Kismet, another detective novel about Kayankaya, is about the Yugoslav civil war. In his works Magic Hoffmann and Edelsmanns Tochter, he talks about the rising nationalism, historical revisionism and anti-Semitism in the reunified Germany, his novel Chez Max takes place in Paris in the year 2064. In this novel, he writes on the future of the society, which would be monitored to enhance security as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. One can relate Chez Max with the scenes in George Orwell's novel 1984. In one of his last novels, Der heilige Eddy, Arjouni departed from his serious themes and wrote a lightweight contemporary picaresque. Peter Henning, a critic from the German newspaper Die Zeit, commented that it is a "German screwball prose with 246 floating staged pages", his thriller novel Cherryman jagt Mr. White has an 18-year-old protagonist in rural Brandenburg who has to face brutal violence by young Nazis of his own village. To overcome his subdued feelings, he turns them into the cartoon adventures of hero "Cherryman" and gangster "Mr. White".
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John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish novelist and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada, the 15th since Canadian Confederation. After a brief legal career, Buchan began his writing career and his political and diplomatic careers, serving as a private secretary to the administrator of various colonies in southern Africa, he wrote propaganda for the British war effort during World War I. He was elected Member of Parliament for the Combined Scottish Universities in 1927, but he spent most of his time on his writing career, notably writing The Thirty-Nine Steps and other adventure fiction. In 1935, King George V, on the advice of Prime Minister R. B. Bennett, appointed Buchan to replace the Earl of Bessborough as Governor General of Canada, for which purpose Buchan was raised to the peerage, he occupied the post until his death in 1940. Buchan was enthusiastic about literacy and the development of Canadian culture, he received a state funeral in Canada before his ashes were returned to the United Kingdom.
Buchan was born in Perth, the first child of John Buchan—a Free Church of Scotland minister—and Helen Jane Buchan. He was brought up in Kirkcaldy and spent many summer holidays with his maternal grandparents in Broughton in the Scottish Borders. There he developed a love for walking and for the local scenery and wildlife, both of which are featured in his novels; the protagonist in several of his books is Sir Edward Leithen, whose name is borrowed from the Leithen Water, a tributary of the River Tweed. Buchan attended Hutchesons' Grammar School and was awarded a scholarship to the University of Glasgow at age 17, where he studied classics, wrote poetry, became a published author, he moved on to study Literae Humaniores at Brasenose College, Oxford with a junior William Hulme scholarship in 1895, where his friends included Hilaire Belloc, Raymond Asquith, Aubrey Herbert. Buchan won the Newdigate Prize for poetry the following year. Buchan had his first portrait painted in 1900 by a young Sholto Johnstone Douglas at around the time of his graduation from Oxford.
Buchan entered into a career in diplomacy and government after graduating from Oxford, becoming in 1901 the private secretary to Alfred Milner, the High Commissioner for Southern Africa, Governor of Cape Colony, colonial administrator of Transvaal and the Orange Free State, putting Buchan in what came to be known as Milner's Kindergarten. He gained an acquaintance with a country that would feature prominently in his writing, which he resumed upon his return to London, at the same time entering into a partnership in the Thomas Nelson & Son publishing company and becoming editor of The Spectator. Buchan read for and was called to the bar in the same year, though he did not practise as a lawyer, on 15 July 1907 married Susan Charlotte Grosvenor—daughter of Norman Grosvenor and a cousin of the Duke of Westminster. Together and his wife had four children, John and Alastair, two of whom would spend most of their lives in Canada. In 1910, Buchan wrote Prester John, the first of his adventure novels, set in South Africa, the following year he suffered from duodenal ulcers, a condition that afflicted one of his fictional characters.
At the same time, Buchan ventured into the political arena, was adopted as Unionist candidate in March 1911 for the Borders seat of Peebles and Selkirk. With the outbreak of the First World War, Buchan went to write for the British War Propaganda Bureau and worked as a correspondent in France for The Times, he continued to write fiction, in 1915 published his most famous work, The Thirty-Nine Steps, a spy-thriller set just prior to World War I. The novel featured Buchan's oft used hero, Richard Hannay, whose character was based on Edmund Ironside, a friend of Buchan from his days in South Africa. A sequel, came the following year. In June 1916 Buchan was sent out to the Western Front to be attached to the British Army's General Head Quarters Intelligence Section, to assist with drafting official communiques for the press. On arrival he received a field-commission as a second lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps. Recognised for his abilities, Buchan was appointed as the Director of Information in 1917, under Lord Beaverbrook—which Buchan said was "the toughest job I took on"—and assisted Charles Masterman in publishing a monthly magazine detailing the history of the war, the first edition appearing in February 1915.
It was difficult for him, given his close connections to many of Britain's military leaders, to be critical of the British Army's conduct during the conflict. Following the close of the war, Buchan turned his attention to writing on historical subjects, along with his usual thrillers and novels. By the mid-1920s, he was living in Elsfield and had become president of the Scottish Historical Society and a trustee of the National Library of Scotland, he maintained ties with various universities. Robert Graves, who lived in nearby Islip, mentioned his being recommended by Buchan for a lecturing position at the newly founded Cairo University. In a 1927 by-election, Buchan was elected as the Unionist Party Member of Parliament for the Combined Scottish Universities. Politically, he was of
Val McDermid, is a Scottish crime writer, best known for a series of suspense novels featuring Dr. Tony Hill. McDermid comes from a working-class family in Fife, she studied English at St Hilda's College, where she was the first student to be admitted from a Scottish state school. After graduation she became a journalist and worked as a dramatist, her first success as a novelist, Report for Murder: The First Lindsay Gordon Mystery occurred in 1987. McDermid was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sunderland in 2011, she is co-founder of the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival and the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, part of the Harrogate International Festivals. In 2016 she captained a team of St Hilda's alumnæ to win the Christmas University Challenge. In 2017, McDermid was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. McDermid's works fall into four series: Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Inspector Karen Pirie.
Her characters include Lindsay Gordon. The Mermaids Singing, the first book in the Hill/Jordan series, won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year; the Hill/Jordan series has been adapted for television under the name Wire in the Blood, starring Robson Green. McDermid has stated that Jacko Vance, a TV celebrity with a secret lust for torture and under-age girls, featured in the Wire in the Blood and two books, is based on her direct personal experience of interviewing Jimmy Savile. McDermid considers her work to be part of the "Tartan Noir" Scottish crime fiction genre. In addition to writing novels, McDermid contributes to several British newspapers and broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, her novels, in particular the Tony Hill series, are known for their graphic depictions of violence and torture. She sponsors the McDermid Stand in Stark's Raith Rovers ground in Kirkcaldy; this endeavour was in honour of a scout for the club. A year after sponsoring the stand, she became a board member of the club, starting in 2014 her website became Raith's shirt sponsor.
On 6 December 2012 a woman poured ink over McDermid during an event at the University of Sunderland. McDermid was signing books, a woman asked her to autograph a Top of the Pops annual which contained a picture of the disgraced late TV presenter Jimmy Savile. After McDermid reluctantly agreed the woman ran out of the room. McDermid said. Northumbria Police arrested Sandra Botham, a 64-year-old woman from the Hendon area of Sunderland, on suspicion of assault. Botham was convicted of common assault on 10 July 2013, received a 12-month community order with supervision and was made to pay £50 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge, she was given a restraining order forbidding her from contacting McDermid for an undefined period of time. The Northern Echo reported that Botham's actions were motivated by McDermid's 1994 non-fiction book, A Suitable Job for a Woman, as Botham claimed that the book contained a passage that besmirched her and her family. McDermid is a Raith Rovers supporter, she lived in both Stockport and Northumberland with three cats and a border terrier dog.
Since early 2014 she has lived in Edinburgh. In 2016, McDermid captained a team of crime writer challengers on the TV quiz Eggheads, beating the Eggheads and winning £14,000. On 23 October 2016 McDermid, gay, married Jo Sharp, a professor of geography at the University of Glasgow and McDermid's partner of two years. McDermid is a radical socialist. McDermid has incorporated feminism into some of her novels. Report for Murder Common Murder Final Edition US Titles: Open and Shut, Deadline for Murder Union Jack, US Title: Conferences Are Murder Booked for Murder Hostage to Murder Dead Beat Kick Back Crack Down Clean Break Blue Genes Star Struck The Mermaids Singing The Wire in the Blood The Last Temptation The Torment of Others Beneath the Bleeding Fever of the Bone The Retribution Cross and Burn Splinter the Silence Insidious Intent How the Dead Speak The Distant Echo A Darker Domain The Skeleton Road Out of Bounds Broken Ground Northanger Abbey The Writing on the Wall.
Philippe Claudel is a French writer and film director. Claudel was born in Meurthe-et-Moselle. In addition to his writing, Claudel is a Professor of Literature at the University of Nancy, he directed the 2008 film. Much admired, it won the 2009 BAFTA for the best film not in English. After studying in Nancy, he remained. Contact with his students inspired short stories and screenplays, he has said that the experience made him give up his simple opinions about people, about guilt, about the necessity to judge others. "It's clear to me now that it would have been impossible for me to write a novel like Brodeck's Report or Grey Souls, to make a movie like I've Loved You So Long, if I hadn't been in jail." His best-known work to date is the novel Les Âmes grises, which won the Prix Renaudot in France, was shortlisted for the American Gumshoe Award, won Sweden's Martin Beck Award. He won the 2003 Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle for Les petites mécaniques, the 2010 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, for Brodeck’s Report,' his hallucinatory story – a dark fairy-tale in which Kafka meets the Grimms – of an uneasy homecoming after wrenching tragedy."
Quelques-uns des cent regrets: roman, Balland, 1999 Le Bruit des trousseaux Grey souls. Grand prix des lectrices de Elle, Translator Adriana Hunter, Weidenfeld & Nicolson/Phoenix House, 2005, ISBN 978-0-297-84779-3. By a Slow River. Translator Hoyt Rogers. Knopf. 2006.. The Investigator, Stock, 2010, 278 p. ISBN 978-2234065154. Distributed by Warner Bros. Philippe Claudel on IMDb TERRENCE RAFFERTY. "One Death Among Many". The New York Times. Boyd Tonkin. "Double vision: Philippe Claudel is flying high in both fiction and film". The Independent
Doris Gercke is an award-winning German writer of crime thrillers. She works under the nom de plume Mary-Jo Morell. Born to a working-class family, Doris Gercke's family could not afford higher education for her, so she became an administrator at the age of 16. Married at 20, she had her second child at the age of 22, gave up working to be a full-time homemaker and mother. In 1980 Gercke fulfilled her dream of studying law, funded by a scholarship. However, she never practiced, wrote her first novel in 1988. Gercke identifies with the political left and is connected with pacifism and the struggle against neo-fascism and communism, she takes part in political demonstrations. She participates in the UZ-Pressefesten of the German Communist Party. Doris Gercke lives in Hamburg. 1991 Martin Beck Award for: Du skrattade, du ska dö. 2000 Glauser Prize of the Association of German-language thriller authors – For lifetime achievement in the service of German thrillers Doris Gercke in the German National Library catalogue Portrait and interview www.krimilexikon.de „Hannelore Hoger als „Bella Block“.
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Carlo Fruttero was an Italian writer, journalist and editor of anthologies. Fruttero was born in Turin, he is known for his joint work with Franco Lucentini as authors of crime novels. The duo was editor of the science fiction series Urania from the 1960s to the 1980s, of the comics magazine Il Mago. Fruttero died in Roccamare, Castiglione della Pescaia in 2012, aged 85. Volti a perdere Visibilità zero Donne informate sui fatti Ti trovo un po' pallida Mutandine di chiffon with Massimo Gramellini: La Patria, bene o male, Milano 2010, ISBN 978-88-04-60329-0. Il secondo libro della fantascienza L'idraulico non verrà La donna della domenica, L'Italia sotto il tallone di F&L Il significato dell'esistenza A che punto è la notte La cosa in sé Il Palio delle contrade morte Ti trovo un po' pallida La prevalenza del cretino Il colore del destino La verità sul caso D L'amante senza fissa dimora Storie americane di guerra Enigma in luogo di mare Il ritorno del cretino Breve storia delle vacanze La morte di Cicerone Il nuovo libro dei nomi di battesimo Il cretino in sintesi Viaggio di nozze al Louvre I nottambuli I ferri del mestiere Carlo Fruttero on IMDb
Brian Brendon Talbot Cleeve was a writer, whose published works include twenty-one novels and over a hundred short stories. He was an award-winning broadcaster on RTÉ television. Son of an Irish father and English mother, he was raised in England, he lived in South Africa during the early years of National Party rule and was expelled from the country because of his opposition to apartheid. In his early thirties he moved to Ireland. In late middle age he underwent a profound spiritual experience, he developed a model for the spiritual life based on the principle of obedience to the will of God. Brian Cleeve was born in Southend-on-Sea, the second of three sons to Charles Edward Cleeve and his wife Josephine. Josephine was a native of Essex. Charles Cleeve, born in Limerick, was a scion of a famous and wealthy family that ran several successful Irish enterprises in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the Cleeves came from Canada and emigrated to Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century.
As a result of labour troubles and the effects of the Irish Civil War, the Cleeve business failed and Charles moved with his family to England, where Brian was born in 1921. When he was two-and-a-half, Brian's mother died and his maternal grandparents and Gertrude Talbot, took over responsibility for his upbringing. At age eight, Cleeve was sent as a boarder to Selwyn House in Kent, followed at age 12 by three years at St. Edward's School in Oxford, he was by nature a free-thinker and he rejected the assumptions and prejudices that were part and parcel of upper-middle class English life. His unwillingness to conform meant that school life was difficult for him, and, in the late summer of 1938, Cleeve decided not to return to St. Edward's for his final year. Instead, he ran away to sea. Cleeve led an eventful life during the next fifteen years, he served on the RMS Queen Mary as a commis waiter for several months. At age 17 he joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders as a private soldier, because of his age, just missed being sent to Europe as part of the BEF when World War II broke out.
In 1940, he was selected for officer training, was commissioned into the Somerset Light Infantry, sent to Kenya as a Second lieutenant in the King's African Rifles. A year he was court-martialled as a result of his objections to the treatment by colleagues of an African prisoner. Stripped of his commission and sentenced to three years' penal servitude, he was transferred to Wakefield Prison in Yorkshire. There, through the intervention of Sir Alexander Paterson, he was offered parole if he agreed to work for British Intelligence. For the remainder of the war he served as a counter-spy in neutral ports such as Dublin; as cover, he worked as an ordinary seaman in the Merchant Navy. In 1945, Cleeve took an Irish passport and came to Ireland where, in the space of three weeks, he met and married Veronica McAdie. A year they left Ireland with baby daughter Berenice on a protracted odyssey that took them to London, the West Indies, South Africa. In 1948, the family settled in Johannesburg where Cleeve and his wife set up their own perfume business.
A second daughter, was born to the couple there in 1953. As a result of his friendship with Fr. Trevor Huddleston, Cleeve witnessed the conditions in which the black and coloured population had to live in townships such as Sophiatown. Cleeve became an outspoken critic of Apartheid, and, in 1954, he was branded by the authorities as a'political intractable' and ordered to leave South Africa, he returned to Ireland. Cleeve started writing poems in his teens, a few of which were published in his school paper, the St. Edward's Chronicle. During the war he continued to produce poems of a spiritual or metaphysical nature, most of which were never published. In 1945, he turned to novel-writing. After his first two attempts were rejected, his third novel, The Far Hills, was published in 1952, it is a roman à clef about the first few months of his married life in Dublin. It is an unflattering picture of the drabness and mean-spiritedness of lower middle class Irish life in the mid-1940s. Two further novels about South Africa followed and their unvarnished descriptions of the reality of life for the native population contributed to Cleeve's eventual expulsion from the country.
In the mid-1950s, Cleeve began to concentrate on the short story form. During the next 15 years over 100 of his short stories were published in magazines and periodicals across five continents, he sold nearly 30 to The Saturday Evening Post alone. In 1966, his story Foxer was honoured with a scroll at the annual Edgar Awards. During the 1960s and 70s, Cleeve returned to writing novels with considerable success, he produced a series of well-received mystery and spy thrillers that did not sacrifice character to plot. One of these, Dark Blood, Dark Terror, was reviewed in the following terms by The Sunday Express: "Dublin author's exciting novel overshadows a man of genius. I am afraid Graham Greene comes off second best". In 1971, Cleeve published Cry of Morning, his most controversial and successful novel up to that point, it is a panoramic depiction of the economic and social changes that affected Ireland during the 1960s as seen through the eyes of a disparate collection of well-drawn characters.
Cleeve subsequently achieved greater commercial success in the United States, with a number of historical novels featuring a strong female character as protagonist. The first of these, Sara