The crime and thriller genres continue to thrive and we’ve hand-picked three writers we think are ones to watch. Janice Hallett’s cosy crime whodunnit The Appeal has been hailed as both ‘dazzlingly clever’ and ‘a modern Agatha Christie’ by The Sunday Times and selected as their crime book of the month. Saima Mir’s The Khan fuses crime, justice and family to explosive effect with comparisons to The Godfather and has been lauded as ‘bold, addictive and brilliant’ by Stylist. Zakiya Dalila Harris’ The Other Black Girl, billed as ‘Get Out meets The Devil Wears Prada’ blends satire and thrilling twists to dissect the darker side of the publishing world. Joining digitally Sam Baker talks to this new generation of writers.

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Cheltenham Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.


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