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As the biographer of Wilkie Collins and Conan Doyle, Andrew Lycett is uniquely qualified to talk about the origins of the detective story. He traces how the fictional representation of the detective reflected changes not just in policing but in society in general. He also investigates the links between detective and spy stories – both often generically known as thrillers.
This event is part of the Murder They Wrote Focus Day, a rogues' gallery of crime-writers, broadcasters and actors discussing the history and future of thrillers.