International best-selling crime writer Peter James offered insights into the creative process that lays behind his writing as well as exploring the psychopathology of the murderer, a subject which clearly fascinates him and which drives much of his work. The Q&A element was, unfortunately, sabotaged by a series of dull and rather trivial questions which Mr James fielded with grace and good humour. The unflattering anecdote about bumping into Martin Amis was a hoot, though, and easily worth the price of admission. Watch out for a character called Amis Smallbone in James’ new Roy Grace novel out next May.
The Old Market, 6 December 2011