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Wearside author Sheila Quigley to give talk in Sunderland

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Wearside author Sheila Quigley is to give a talk about her new crime novel at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.

She will be talking about the location that inspired her latest book, The Sound Of Silence.

The talk will take place on Saturday, January 16, at 10.30am in the Glass Yard.

Quigley became famous in 2001 through an auction for her first two books, Run For Home and Bad Moon Rising. This resulted in her being signed with UK publisher, Random House.

She used to live on the Homelands Estate in Houghton-le-Spring near Sunderland, opposite a field. This became the fictional location of the council housing estate in her Seahills books.

The Sound of Silence is the 7th book in the series.

Quigley was recently voted as number seven in WHSmith’s Best Crime Authors of All Time, voted for by readers, finishing above Silence of the Lambs writer Thomas Harris, recently deceased PD James and Jack Reacher creator Lee Child.

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The fictional lead in her story detective Lorraine Hunt, has struck a chord with fans with her strong and tough female persona, and was even voted No.10 in the book retailer’s top fictional detectives poll.

The former factory worker is also the author of the more recent DI Mike Yorke series which has received praise-filled reviews from crime fiction fans.

Last year, Run for Home and its sequel Bad Moon Rising were adapted for the stage by fellow Houghtonian, actor Derek Lawson.

He directed the plays at the town’s Zazz Theatre, in Newbottle Street.

Attendees to the event will also be able to participate in a question and answer session with Sheila and a crime quiz in which the winner will receive a free limited edition of The Sound of Silence.

To book a place for this free talk at the National Glass Centre, call 0191 568 9700.

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