In Conversation with John Connolly

Irish author, John Connolly will be in conversation with Jeff Popple on John's bestselling Charlie Parker crime series, notably the latest two novels, The Woman in the Woods and A Book of Bones.

A Book of Bones, as the Irish Times has stated, "is a rich mix infused with English folk mythology and an uncanny feel for landscape and setting, with a delirious, propulsive plot. Connolly's potent, turbulent blend of crime and supernatural fiction is on full display, and there is a new stylistic ease, almost an asperity to the prose that he attributes to the experience of writing He, (Connolly's 2017 acclaimed novel on the life of the great comedian Stan Laurel) .

John Connolly studied English at Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University. In 2007. Connolly was awarded the Irish Post Award for Literature. He is the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award, the first Irish writer to win an Edgar award and the winner of the 2016 British Crime Writers Association Short Story Dagger

Books to Die For which he edited with Declan Burke, was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards for Best Non-Fiction work. And. In addition to the Charlie Parker series, a pilot of which is now being filmed for a TV series, Connelly has published the Samuel Johnson trilogy for younger readers and, with his partner, journalist, Jennifer Ridyard, the Chronicles of the Invaders series.

Jeff Popple has been reviewing crime fiction and other books since 1982. Jeff reviewed for the Canberra Times for nearly 35 years and more recently for the Canberra Weekly and publications such as Deadly Pleasures. Jeff has been in conversation with numerous crime authors in Canberra including Michael Connolly and Michael Robotham.

The vote of thanks will be given by His Excellency Mr Breandán Ó Caollaí, Ambassador of Ireland to Australia.

Pre-event book signings will be available from 5:30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and books will be available to purchase.