I think that, like most of my fellow book lovers, I have found 2020 has been a particularly disappointing year when it comes to the cancellation of festivals and bookish events. One event I was looking forward to attending for its second year at the end of this month was Capital Crime. Sadly, due to the ongoing situation with Covid, the event had to be cancelled. Not wanting to let their audience down the brilliant team at Capital Crime, David Headley, Adam Hamdy and Lizzie Curle, came up with a very different and unique alternative, sure to satisfy those bookish cravings. The Capital Crime Book Club.
So what is the Capital Crime Book Club?
The Capital Crime Book Club is an affordable monthly subscription service that will be a year-round, inclusive, home for readers, and a regular link between authors and fans.
- Every month subscribers will receive:
- Two carefully curated paperbacks from the crime and thriller genre.
- Access to exclusive online author interviews with the opportunity to submit questions in advance.
- Be the first to hear about the latest news and competitions in the crime and thriller community.
- Access to the back catalog of festival content and interviews which grows every month.
There are three levels of subscription available – 3 months, 6 months and 12 months, and you can find out all about the scheme, and sign up, at the Capital Crime Website here.
I have been very lucky to be gifted the first of the book boxes by the Capital Crime team, and the launch box is definitely worth investing in. The parcel arrived on my doorstep yesterday and as soon as I saw the sticker on the back I knew exactly what it was.
But it’s not what’s on the outside that you are interested in, and what was inside the box brought a big smile to my face. This month, the chosen books are The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman and The House Guest by Mark Edwards, which also came with a limited edition pen. I’ve been lucky enough to read an early preview copy of The Thursday Murder Club and it is worth the cost of the subscription alone. And as I love reading Mark Edwards’ books, I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into The House Guest too.
If the books alone are not enough to tempt you, (and if not why not?), then bear in mind that you will also get access to all of the Book Club’s exclusive member features mentioned above, including the book chats which this month will include Richard Osman and Mark Edwards discussing their books.
More about the Book Chats from the Capital Crime Team
At the heart of any good book club is a good chinwag about what makes the book of the month pick tick!
Every month members will have exclusive access to the authors of the month via our online interviews. Enjoy watching two author interviews. Discover how they came to create their novel, get to the heart of what makes their plotting minds spin, and find out all about those twists. As with any book club, they will be discussing details about the book, which may include spoilers. It’s best to read the book ahead of watching these videos!
If this has whet your appetite, why not head over to the Capital Crime website and sign up to join the club. It is never too late. I’m looking forward to seeing what else this month’s subscription brings.
Meet the Organisers
About David Headley
David Headley studied theology in London and Durham before co-founding and becoming the Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, a much admired, leading independent bookseller, based in central London.
He has gained a reputation for championing debut authors and he created the UK’s largest collectors’ book club. David has won awards for bookselling and in 2015 he was included in the Top 100 most influential people in publishing by The Bookseller.
David is also the MD of The Dome Press, a small, independent publisher based in London, and co-founder of Capital Crime.
About Adam Hamdy
Adam Hamdy is a London-born, British screenwriter and author. Adam recently signed a three-book deal with Pan Macmillan. BLACK THIRTEEEN, the first book in the new thriller series, will be published in autumn 2019. As a screenwriter, Adam is currently adapting a multi-million copy New York Times bestselling novel for a US studio. In the past year he has written screenplays for four Academy Award-winning production companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Adam has a degree in Law from Oxford University and a degree in Philosophy from the University of London. He is a seasoned skier, rock climber, and marksman.