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Cathi Unsworth

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Cathi Unsworth moved to Ladbroke Grove in 1987 and has stayed there ever since. She began a career in rock writing with Sounds and Melody Maker, before co-editing the arts journal Purr and then Bizarre magazine. Her first novel, The Not Knowing, was published by Serpent's Tail in August 2005.

Genres: Mystery
   The Not Knowing (2005)
   Singer (2007)
   Bad Penny Blues (2009)
   Weirdo (2012)
   Without the Moon (2015)
   That Old Black Magic (2018)
Series contributed to
Non fiction show
Books containing stories by Cathi Unsworth
The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (2008)
(The Mammoth Book of ...)
edited by
Maxim Jakubowski

Award nominations
2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (shortlist) : Weirdo

Cathi Unsworth recommends
Only Here, Only Now (2024)
Tom Newlands
"In a tremendous act of empathy, in his debut novel Tom Newlands describes both an abandoned, neglected landscape - the small Scottish seaside town of Muircross after the collapse of the mining industry - and what it is like to be inside the mind of a young girl, Cora Mowat, who has undiagnosed ADHD. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this is a story of survival against grim odds, superbly spun by a narrator grappling to get to grips with both herself and the incomprehensible world around her. Cora Mowat is my kind of weirdo."
White Riot (2023)
(United Kingdom Trilogy, book 1)
Joe Thomas
"Joe Thomas takes on the inflammable end of the Seventies, when Rock Against Racism took the National Front head on and Margaret Thatcher turned the Winter of Discontent into her own Springtime . . . Like Daniel Rachel's Walls Come Tumbling Down meets David Peace's GB84 in a dark labyrinth of bent coppers, sleeping policemen, political polarity and the greatest sounds of the dirtiest decade."
Fade to Grey (2019)
(Gethin Grey, book 1)
John Lincoln
"Brilliant - move over Cormoran Strike indeed - this is the real world!"

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