European Crime Book
We are a small, friendly club meeting monthly for lively discussion of European crime books (in translation) chosen by members and to keep abreast of new developments and events in the genre.
Our President nicely encapsulated our reading selection from last session as “The world may not be our oyster but our choices have included an imaginary diet from pickled horsemeat, apple cider vinegar, sweet rolls, 1000 Island dressing, overripe tomatoes, banana liqueur, and human flesh, thanks to a snake, a bear and a cannibal.” You are very welcome to join us if this kindles your interest!
The Club is currently full but please contact us if you are interested as we operate a waiting list and will get in touch when a place becomes available.
Meetings normally take place on the third Tuesday of the month from 4.30pm – 6.00pm, in room GH742 (Conference Room). The annual subscription is £10. To join the group you must first be a member of the 3Ls Students' Association.
ECBC/ Nordic Noir reading list 2014-2023
You can access details of the books the Club has read since it was first established in 2014 - see below.
By Country By Year
2023/24 Book List
Date Author. Title. Country
17 October. Arne Dahl. Watching You. Sweden
21 November. Patrick Conrad. No Sale. Belgium
12 December. Jean-Claude Izzo. Total Chaos. France
16 January. Juan Gomez-Jurado. Red Queen. Spain
20 February. Ivana Bodrozic. We Trade our Night for Someone Else's Day Croatia
19 March. Pierre Lemaitre. Irene. France
16 April. Gustaf Skorderman. Geiger. Sweden
Here is some more information to inspire your reading:
Scottish Society for Northern Studies - Saturday 25 November (1-5pm)
The theme of this virtual event, the society’s annual conference, is ‘Partners in Crime’, which ‘will explore the literary cross-currents between Scotland and Scandinavia via the prism of the crime fiction genre’. Author Arne Dahl (who’s novel we will be reading in October) is participating. If you use the discount code "ssns-friends-2023" while registering then you'll only pay £3
Literature Alliance Scotland has put together a very handy resource which lists all of the book festivals taking place in Scotland online or as hybrid events.
Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year
The Petrona Award is open to crime fiction in translation, either written by a Scandinavian author or set in Scandinavia, and published in the UK in the previous calendar year.
The winner of the 2023 award is Femicide by Swedish author Pascal Engman. More details, including the 2023 short list, are available at at https://www.petronaaward.co.uk/ "
The winning title for 2022 was Fatal Isles by Maria Adolfsson which we read in January 2023.
Crime Writers Association DAGGERs
CWA Daggers are the oldest awards in the genre and have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over half a century https://thecwa.co.uk/awards-and-competitions/the-daggers/
The 2023 Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger was awarded to Javier Cercas for Even the Darkest Night which we read in November 2022.
Crime Fiction in Translation Facebook Page
There is a Facebook page by this name which promotes newly published books and events. It's a 'private' group so you have to submit a request to join.
Euro Crime Webpage
This webpage provides reviews and news about British, European and Translated crime fiction, tv and film. https://eurocrime.blogspot.com/
You can also access lists of authors by country at http://www.eurocrime.co.uk/books.html
New Crime Fiction Releases - British, European and Translated
New crime books (Translated) published in the UK in