Salisbury Greats: Michael Gilbert
Michael Gilbert was a founding member of the Crime Writers’ Association. He wrote a mixture of thrillers, police procedurals and espionage novels that rank among the highest and most varied achievements of British crime writing in the second half of the twentieth century. Gilbert’s crime writing career began in Salisbury in the 1930s, when he was a teacher at the Cathedral School: his first novel, Close Quarters, is set around a fictional cathedral close.
Harriett Gilbert, Michael’s daughter, is a writer, academic and broadcaster. Among her many credits, she currently presents World Book Club on the BBC World Service and A Good Radio on Radio 4. Harriett will be in discussion with festival director Tom Bromley, to talk about her father’s life and work.
This Salisbury Greats event is being generously supported by the British Library, who are currently reprinting Michael Gilbert’s work as part of their Crime Classics series. Thanks to their generosity, everyone who buys a ticket for this event will receive a free copy of one of Michael’s recently republished books.
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