Barry Forshaw

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Barry Forshaw

Barry Forshaw is one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction and film. His books include Brit Noir, Nordic Noir, Sex and Film, and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction. His other work includes Death in a Cold Climate, British Gothic Cinema, Detective, Euro Noir, War of the Worlds and the Keating Award-winning British Crime Writing encyclopaedia, along with a study of Italian cinema. He writes for various newspapers, broadcasts, chairs many events, and edits Crime Time (www.crimetime.co.uk).


Interviewed 06 August 2016

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Journalist, comics illustrator, journalist again, books on crime fiction, etc.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Surround-sound speakers & hi-fi, large piles of books to be read, Diet Coke, Paul Klee print, dilapidated warehouse-turned-flats, King Henry’s Walk Garden, triangle of sky, dramatic Turneresque clouds, local cat stalking birds.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Preparation: opening a box of sushi.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Any seven who’d keep my brain synapses firing.

Six things you can't live without ...

Classical music, books, long walks (country or by the Thames), meeting writers, my collection of 1950s comics, my partner.

Five favourite words ...

Cobalt. Resonant. Exhilarating. Allusive. Sensuous.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Paris. Berlin. New York. Scarborough (during the books festival).

Three books you've bought recently ...

A bulging sack arrives from publishers daily.

Two things that make you rant ...

The Jeremy Kyle Show, hypocritical politicians.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Just concentrate on the writing career – don’t be distracted.