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Minette Walters (born 26 September 1949) is a best-selling English crime and thriller novelist, who has received many awards for her writing and is published in 35 countries. Often described as the 'queen of the psychological thriller', she was one of the first writers within the genre to achieve international success without a series character. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1632 × 1224 pixel, file size: 463 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of Minette Walters taken by Roland Walters in june 2006 for article Minette walters I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1632 × 1224 pixel, file size: 463 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of Minette Walters taken by Roland Walters in june 2006 for article Minette walters I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Psychological thriller is a specific sub-genre of the wide-ranging thriller genre. ...


Born in Bishop’s Stortford to a serving army officer, Capt Samuel Jebb (Royal Signals) and his wife Colleen, the first 10 years of Minette’s life were spent moving between army bases in the north and south of England. Following the death of her father from kidney failure in 1960, Minette spent a year at the Abbey School in Reading, Berkshire, before being granted a free Foundation Scholarship at the Godolphin boarding school in Salisbury. Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... Salisbury (IPA: , or — moving from RP to local dialect) is a cathedral city in Wiltshire, England. ...


During a gap year between school and Durham University, 1968, she went to Israel as a volunteer with The Bridge in Britain, working on a kibbutz and in a delinquent boys’ home in Jerusalem. She graduated from Trevelyan College, Durham in 1971 with a BA in French. Minette met her husband Alec Walters (University College) while she was at Durham and they married in 1978. They have two sons, Roland and Philip. Affiliations 1994 Group European University Association Association of MBAs EQUIS Universities UK N8 Group Association of Commonwealth Universities Website http://www. ... Kibbutz Dan, near Qiryat Shemona, in the Upper Galilee, 1990s A kibbutz (Hebrew: ; plural: kibbutzim: קיבוצים; gathering or together) is an Israeli collective intentional community. ... For other uses, see Jerusalem (disambiguation). ... Trevelyan College, Durham Trevelyan College, affectionately known as Trevs, is a college of the University of Durham in northern England. ... Durham (IPA: locally, in RP) is a small city and main settlement of the City of Durham district of County Durham in North East England. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


Walters joined IPC Magazines as a sub-editor in 1972 and became an editor of Woman’s Weekly Library the following year. As an early pioneer of women getting their feet on the property ladder, she took her first mortgage at 23 and supplemented her salary by writing romantic novelettes, short stories and serials in her spare time. She turned freelance in 1977 but continued to write for magazines to cover her bills.


Her first full-length novel, The Ice House, was published in 1992. It took two and a half years to write and was rejected by numerous publishing houses until Maria Rejt, Macmillan Publishers, bought it for £1250. Within four months, it had won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey award for best first novel and had been snapped up by 11 foreign publishers. With her next two books, The Sculptress and The Scold's Bridle, Walters won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award and the CWA Gold Dagger respectively, giving her a unique treble. She was the first crime/thriller writer to win three major prizes with her first three books. The Ice House was the critically acclaimed debut novel of British crime-writer Minette Walters. ... Macmillan Publishers Ltd, also known as The Macmillan Group, is a privately-held international publishing company owned by Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. ... The Crime Writers Association is a writers association in the UK. Founded by John Creasey in 1953, it is currently chaired by Robert Richardson and claims 450 members. ... The Sculptress (1993) is a mystery novel by Minette Walters. ... The Scolds Bridle is a 1994 mystery novel by Minette Walters. ... Mystery Writers of America is an organization for mystery writers, based in New York. ... The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. ... The Gold Dagger was an award given annually by the CWA for best crime novel of the year. ...


Walter’s themes include isolation, family dysfunction, rejection, marginalisation, justice and revenge. Her novels are often set against real backgrounds and real events to draw her readers into the ‘reality’ of what she is writing about. With no series character tying her to particular people, places or times, she moves freely around settings – a sink estate (Acid Row), a Dorset village (Fox Evil), a suburb of London (The Shape of Snakes) – although every setting is ‘claustrophobic’ to encourage the characters ‘to turn on each other’. Acid Row is a 2001 novel by crime-writer Minette Walters. ... Fox Evil is a novel by British crime-writer Minette Walters. ... The Shape of Snakes is a 2000 novel by British mystery author Minette Walters. ...


Walters describes herself as an exploratory writer who never uses a plot scheme, begins with simple premises, has no idea ‘whodunit’ until half-way through a story, but who remains excited about each novel because she, along with her reader, wants to know what happens next.


As part of a British project ‘Quick Reads’ to encourage literacy amongst adults with reading difficulties, Walters wrote a 20,000 word novella called Chickenfeed. In competition with other best-selling authors such as Ruth Rendell, Maeve Binchy and Joanna Trollope, 'Chickenfeed' has now won two awards as the best novella in the ‘Quick Reads’ genre. It has also been translated into several languages. Chickenfeed is a novella by British crime-writer Minette Walters, published in 2006. ... Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, who also writes under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, (born February 17, 1930), is a British best-selling mystery and psychological crime writer, often called the Queen of Crime. ... Maeve Binchy (born May 28, 1940, Dalkey, Ireland) is a popular Irish novelist and newspaper columnist. ... Joanna Trollope OBE (born December 9, 1943, in Gloucestershire), is an English novelist. ...


Five of Walters’ novels have been successfully adapted for television.


Walters is an honorary Doctor of Letters at Bournemouth University and Southampton Solent University. She is patron of numerous charities, a long-time prison visitor and a fervent advocate of Victim Support. Walters’ trip to Sierra Leone on behalf of Médecins Sans Frontières helped raise awareness for the terrible devastation caused by the war in that country and served as inspiration for her eleventh book, The Devil's Feather. Bournemouth University is a university in and around the town of Bournemouth, England (although its main campus is actually situated in neighbouring Poole). ... Southampton Solent University (formerly: Southampton Dimstitute of Higher Education) is a university of 17,000 students based in Southampton, United Kingdom. ... Victim Support is a charity in England and Wales which aims to help victims and witnesses of crime by raising awareness of their needs and by delivering dedicated services to them. ... Médecins Sans Frontières ( (help· info)) (English: Doctors Without Borders) is a secular humanitarian-aid non-governmental organisation best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic disease. ... The Devils Feather is a 2005 psychological thriller by British author Minette Walters. ...

Contents

Bibliography

  • The Ice House (1992)
  • The Sculptress (1993)
  • The Scold's Bridle (1994)
  • The Dark Room (1995)
  • The Echo (1997)
  • The Breaker (1998)
  • The Tinder Box (1999) (novela)
  • The Shape of Snakes (2000)
  • Acid Row (2001)
  • Fox Evil (2002)
  • Disordered Minds (2003)
  • The Devil's Feather (2005)
  • Chickenfeed (2006) (novella)
  • The Chameleon's Shadow (2007)

In addition to full-length novels, Walters has written feature articles for magazines and the broadsheets, some short stories including "English Autumn, American Fall" and two novellas, The Tinder Box, published in 1999, and Chickenfeed, published in 2006. The latter was published for World Book Day 2006 as part of the 'Quick Reads' initiative. The Ice House was the critically acclaimed debut novel of British crime-writer Minette Walters. ... The Sculptress (1993) is a mystery novel by Minette Walters. ... The Scolds Bridle is a 1994 mystery novel by Minette Walters. ... The Dark Room is a 1995 mystery novel by Minette Walters, her fourth. ... The Echo is a 1997 mystery novel by Minette Walters. ... The Breaker is a 1998 mystery novel by Minette Walters. ... The Tinder Box is a 1999 novella by British mystery novelist Minette Walters. ... The Shape of Snakes is a 2000 novel by British mystery author Minette Walters. ... Acid Row is a 2001 novel by crime-writer Minette Walters. ... Fox Evil is a novel by British crime-writer Minette Walters. ... Disordered Minds is a 2003 novel by British mystery writer Minette Walters. ... The Devils Feather is a 2005 psychological thriller by British author Minette Walters. ... Chickenfeed is a novella by British crime-writer Minette Walters, published in 2006. ... The Chameleons Shadow is a forthcoming novel from Minette Walters, to be published in Britain in September 2007. ... The Tinder Box is a 1999 novella by British mystery novelist Minette Walters. ... Chickenfeed is a novella by British crime-writer Minette Walters, published in 2006. ... World Book and Copyright Day is a yearly event organised by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. ...


TV adaptations

Walters' first five books were adapted for television by the BBC and her eighth book, Acid Row, is currently under option with Company Pictures. Two of Hollywood's current top actors - Daniel Craig and Clive Owen - had early starring roles in adaptations of The Ice House and The Echo, respectively. The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Acid Row is a 2001 novel by crime-writer Minette Walters. ... Company Pictures is an independent British television production company, who have produced drama programming for many broadcasters. ... Daniel Wroughton Craig[1] (born 2 March 1968[2] in Chester, England) is a BAFTA-nominated English actor best known as the sixth actor to portray secret agent James Bond in the official film series from EON Productions since 2006. ... Clive Owen (born October 3, 1964) is a Golden Globe and BAFTA winning critically acclaimed English actor, now a regular performer in Hollywood and independent American films. ... The Ice House was the critically acclaimed debut novel of British crime-writer Minette Walters. ... The Echo is a 1997 mystery novel by Minette Walters. ...

The Sculptress (1993) is a mystery novel by Minette Walters. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... ... Caroline Goodall (born on 13 November 1959 in London, England) is an English actress. ... The Ice House was the critically acclaimed debut novel of British crime-writer Minette Walters. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Daniel Wroughton Craig[1] (born 2 March 1968[2] in Chester, England) is a BAFTA-nominated English actor best known as the sixth actor to portray secret agent James Bond in the official film series from EON Productions since 2006. ... Frances Barber (born on 13 May 1958 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England) is a British actress. ... Corin William Redgrave (born 16 July 1939) is an English actor. ... The Scolds Bridle is a 1994 mystery novel by Minette Walters. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Miranda Jane Richardson (born 3 March 1958) is an Academy Award nominated English actress. ... Virginia McKenna & Elsa (stand-in) Virginia McKenna O.B.E. (born June 7, 1931 in London, UK) is a British stage and screen actress. ... Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born 2 October 1951), universally known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. ... The Echo is a 1997 mystery novel by Minette Walters. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Clive Owen (born October 3, 1964) is a Golden Globe and BAFTA winning critically acclaimed English actor, now a regular performer in Hollywood and independent American films. ... Joely Richardson Joely Richardson (born January 9, 1965 in the U.K.) is a British actress, who was born into a theatrical family. ... The Dark Room is a 1995 mystery novel by Minette Walters, her fourth. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Dervla Kirwan in 55 Degrees North Dervla Kirwan (born 24 October 1971) is an Irish actress famous for roles in television shows such as Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart Kirwan was born in Churchtown, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. ... James Wilby is a British actor for film, TV and stage, born in Rangoon, Burma on 20 February 1958. ...

Awards and nominations

  • 2000 - The Pelle Rosenkrantz prize Denmark: The Shape of Snakes
  • 2001 – The CWA Gold Dagger Award (shortlist): Acid Row
  • 2002 – The CWA Gold Dagger Award: Fox Evil
  • 2006 – Quick Reads Learners' Favourite award: Chickenfeed
  • 2007 – Coventry Inspiration Book Award: Chickenfeed

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Further reading

Forselius, Tilda Maria. "The Impenetrable M and the Mysteries of Narration: Narrative in Minette Walters's The Shape of Snakes." CLUES: A Journal of Detection 24.2 (winter 2006): 47-61


External links

  • Official Minette Walters website.

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