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C J Sansom

(Christopher John Sansom)
UK flag (1952 - 2024)

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.

Awards: CWA (2022)  see all

Genres: Historical Mystery, Historical
   1. Dissolution (2003)
   2. Dark Fire (2004)
   3. Sovereign (2006)
   4. Revelation (2008)
   5. Heartstone (2010)
   6. Lamentation (2014)
   7. Tombland (2018)
   Winter in Madrid (2006)
   Dominion (2012)
2022 CWA Diamond Dagger
2013 Sidewise Award for Best Long-Form Alternate History : Dominion
2005 CWA Historical Dagger : Dark Fire

Award nominations
2019 HWA Gold Crown Award (longlist) : Tombland
2019 CWA Historical Dagger (shortlist) : Tombland
2019 CWA Dagger in the Library (longlist)
2019 British Book Award Fiction Book of the Year (shortlist) : Tombland
2017 CWA Dagger in the Library (shortlist)
2015 CWA Historical Dagger (shortlist) : Lamentation
2013 CrimeFest: eDunnit Award (nominee) : Dominion
2011 Walter Scott Prize for Best Historical Novel (nominee) : Heartstone
2011 CrimeFest: eDunnit Award (nominee) : Heartstone
2011 CrimeFest: Sounds of Crime Award (nominee) : Heartstone
2010 CWA Historical Dagger (shortlist) : Heartstone
2008 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (shortlist) : Sovereign
2008 CWA Historical Dagger (shortlist) : Revelation
2008 CWA Dagger in the Library (commended)
2007 John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger (shortlist) : Sovereign
2007 CWA Gold Dagger (shortlist) : Sovereign
2007 CWA Dagger in the Library (commended)
2007 Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel (nominee) : Sovereign
2006 CWA Historical Dagger (shortlist) : Sovereign
2006 CWA Dagger in the Library (shortlist)
2004 Waverton Good Read Award (nominee) : Dissolution
2003 John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger (shortlist) : Dissolution
2003 CWA Historical Dagger (shortlist) : Dissolution

C J Sansom recommends
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."
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."
Death in the East (2019)
(Sam Wyndham, book 4)
Abir Mukherjee
"A brilliantly conceived murder mystery."

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