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C J Sansom


UK flag (b.1952)

aka The Medieval Murderers

C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Sussex.  

Genres: Historical Mystery, Historical
 
Series
Shardlake
   1. Dissolution (2003)
   2. Dark Fire (2004)
   3. Sovereign (2006)
   4. Revelation (2008)
   5. Heartstone (2010)
   6. Lamentation (2014)
   7. Tombland (2018)
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Novels
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Awards
Dagger Awards Best Novel nominee (2007) : Sovereign
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2011) : Heartstone


C J Sansom recommends
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Critique of Criminal Reason (2006)
(Hanno Stiffeniis, book 1)
Michael Gregorio
"A marvelous highbrow thriller."
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Silesian Station (2008)
(John Russell, book 2)
David Downing
"An extraordinary evocation of Nazi Germany on the eve of war, the smell of cruelty seeping through the clean modern surface."
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King's Gold (2011)
(Medieval West Country Mystery, book 30)
Michael Jecks
"Marvellously portrayed."
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A Song from Dead Lips (2013)
(DS Breen and WPC Tozer, book 1)
William Shaw
"A first-rate police thriller set amidst the seamy underside of the swinging sixties; a young girl's murder on a bleak housing estate near the Beatles' recording studio leads an intrepid police duo into a world of inter-generational quarrels, racial tensions, and arms dealing. The totemic year of '68 will never seem the same again."
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The Silent Boy (2014)
Andrew Taylor
"I enjoyed this book very much indeed. I found the evocation of late 18th Century England, and the French exiles, effortlessly authentic, the hunt for Charles gripping, and the portrayal and first-person narrative of the helpless, traumatised, yet strong and resourceful little boy moving and believable. An excellent work."
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Golden Hill (2016)
(Old New York )
Francis Spufford
"Quite marvellous. A vivid re-creation of colonial New York, in which the adventures of Mr Smith, who may be a charlatan or a hero, make for a page turner, with an unexpected and unusually satisfying ending."
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A Rising Man (2016)
(Sam Wyndham, book 1)
Abir Mukherjee
"A Rising Man is an exceptionally good, and original, historical crime novel."
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The Coroner's Daughter (2017)
Andrew Hughes
"An exceptionally good book."
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Blood & Sugar (2019)
Laura Shepherd-Robinson
"A page-turner of a crime thriller...This is a world conveyed with convincing, terrible clarity."
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The Intrigues of Jennie Lee (2020)
Alex Rosenberg
"The Intrigues of Jennie Lee is marvellous in so many ways...An excellent take on the twisted dangerous politics of 1930s Britain and a rattling good read."
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Brixton Hill (2020)
Lottie Moggach
"I was soon pulled right into the novel's tight, twisting plot that never relaxes its hold. The prison scenes are extraordinarily well drawn, as are the characters, and in particular the main protagonist's fear of been pulled into a situation which could jeopardize his desperately-sought release. A first-rate and very original novel."

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