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David Young

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David Young was born near Hull and - after dropping out of a Bristol University science degree - studied Humanities at Bristol Polytechnic specialising in Modern History. Temporary jobs cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher's van were followed by a career in journalism with provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and the BBC's international newsrooms where he led news teams for the World Service radio and World TV.

David was a student on the inaugural Crime Thriller MA at City University - winning the course prize in 2014 for his debut novel Stasi Child - and now writes full-time in his garden shed. In his spare time, he's a keen supporter of Hull City AFC.

Genres: Mystery

David Young recommends
Deadly Game (2017)
(Robert Finlay, book 2)
Matt Johnson
"Nothing is clear-cut in a gripping labyrinthine plot, which - despite thrills and spills aplenty - never falls short of believable."
Motherland (2018)
(Natalya Ivanova, book 1)
G D Abson
"The dark heart of Putin's Russia beneath the glitz of St Petersburg provides the heady setting for this excellent and gripping debut. Abson, who was shortlisted for a Crime Writers Debut Dagger for Motherland, is surely a name to watch. A Child 44 for Putin-land, this classy page-turner oozes with atmosphere."
The Lion Tamer Who Lost (2018)
Louise Beech
"A fabulous, exquisitely written novel that tugs at the soul...incredibly moving."
Evil Things (2019)
(Hella Mauzer, book 1)
Katja Ivar
"This is a remarkable debut -- the best novel I've read this year. A historical thriller with a heart that keeps you enthralled to the final page. Ivar has constructed a frightening, atmospheric and addictive tale set in 1950s Lapland on the border with Soviet Russia. Spies, international conspiracies, overlaid on icily claustrophobic rural life. But above all in Hella Mauzer a believable heroine prepared to put her own life on the line for justice. I can't wait for her next adventure."
Liberation Square (2019)
Gareth Rubin
"Rubin constructs a tantalising alternative world with 1950s Britain riven apart by its own version of the Berlin Wall - and all because the D-Day landings failed. Against this dystopian nightmare, the author overlays a murder mystery that's sure to appeal to fans of SS-GB, The Man in the High Castle, and Fatherland."
Geiger (2021)
Gustaf Skördeman
"An astonishing, assured and terrifying debut. Many books have pretensions to be the next Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but Geiger actually delivers - reaching that level and beyond. Remarkable."
Two Storm Wood (2021)
Philip Gray
"The world has been waiting for a worthy successor to Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong-now Philip Gray has delivered it."
Death at the Savoy (2022)
(Priscilla Tempest Mystery, book 1)
Ron Base and Prudence Emery
"This book is a flashy, exhilarating ride-fizzy as a flute of champagne, brimming with intriguing twists and turns that are at once hilarious and dark. With her background at the Savoy in the Swinging Sixties, Prudence Emery is admirably equipped to dish delicious dirt!"

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