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John Baird

A former teacher and lecturer, John now edits a website, Crime Thriller Hound, to share with the world his favourite reads. He also reviews books for Radio Nottingham and Left Lion magazine. A published author, he is the former chairman of New Writers UK, and was a member of the Crime Writers’ Association for eight years.

About John

A proud Nottinghamian, I love to champion our literature, promote reading, and support our writers of all ages and abilities. It thrills me that Nottingham is a UNESCO City of Literature and I want to do my bit to help us capitalise on the opportunities that come with this magnificent award.

Why I read

Literature is my five a day for the mind. Reading offers escapism and understanding, whilst writing is the perfect way to create and express.   

Many of my favourite crime writers are American, with James M Cain, Ross Macdonald, Donald E Westlake and Michael Connelly all making the cut. 

As for my best Notts-set book from a Nottingham writer; it’s between Alan Sillitoe’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and D H Lawrence’s The Rainbow. 

It seems that our best storytellers all share a fearlessly rebellious honesty. Our actions and decision-making processes are endlessly fascinating to me and I devour non-fiction on the subjects of psychology and nonverbal communication, with Peoplewatching by Desmond Morris a top pick. 

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