All fun and games: David Baddiel on ‘The Person Controller’

‘My first children’s book, The Parent Agency, was inspired when my son Ezra, then 8, asked me why Harry Potter didn’t run away from the Dursleys and go and find some better parents. My second book was also inspired by Ezra – I may just have to start paying him royalties – but not by anything he said this time.’

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Now We Are Ten: Stuart MacBride on the 10th novel in his Logan McRae series

‘It’s strange to think that when the new book comes out in January, it’ll be Logan’s tenth outing. Ten whole novels (plus a handful of short stories, a novella, and what I insist on calling a short novel) with the one character. When I wrote Cold Granite, just over a decade ago, I didn’t even consider that there would be a second book in the series, never mind another nine of them. Nope, it was just going to be a bit of fun, and to hell with the consequences.’

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Capturing Manon Bradshaw: Susie Steiner on ‘Missing, Presumed’

‘My aim in writing Missing, Presumed was to write the book I most wanted to read – a book with all the focus on character and relationships of a literary novel, but propelled forward with the page-turning motor of a thriller. (Two of my pet hates: literary novels where nothing at all happens, or things happen very sloowwwwwwwwly; and conversely hard-boiled thrillers hip-deep in blood and sadism: I am too squeamish.)’

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