William Shaw

The Trawlerman

  Friday, October 1st, 2021

  7:30PM until 8:30PM

William Shaw has been hailed as ‘one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction’ by bestselling author Peter James.

He joined the festival to talk about his novel, set on the Kent coastline, The Trawlerman – praised by The Sunday Times as ‘a fast-moving, intriguing mystery in which the county of Kent, lovingly described, is almost a character in itself’.  

William has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, longlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and nominated for a Barry Award.

He is the author of the Breen & Tozer crime series set in sixties London: A Song from Dead Lips, A House of Knives and A Book of Scars; and the Dungeness Trilogy The Birdwatcher, Salt Lane and Deadland.

His most recent Kent-based novels are Grave’s End and The Trawlerman.

For over twenty years he has written on popular culture and sub-culture for various publications including the Observer and the New York Times. He lives in Brighton with his family.  

‘Swallowed, hook, line and sinker. Lovely storytelling, deft and clever; and characters painted in all the colours of the sea and the sky. I didn’t want it to stop.' – Val McDermid on The Trawlerman