BritCrime Writer in Residence: Introducing William Shaw #BritCrime

The Birdwatcher by William ShawWilliam Shaw is our new Writer in Residence. He will be chatting to readers on Twitter and Facebook.

The New York Times has called William Shaw’s trilogy of detective books set in late sixties London “an elegy for an entire alienated generation.” Featuring DS Cathal Breen and the brash young constable Helen Tozer, they are set against the cultural and political revolution of the times.

A Song from Dead Lips was picked by Time Out as one of the crime books of 2013; The Daily Mail hailed A House of Knives as “a distinctive British crime drama, which benefits from a clear moral sense”.

The third book in the series, A Book of Scars, was picked by The Sunday Times as their Crime Book of the Month, and subsequently as one of the picks of the year.

His new standalone novel, The Birdwatcher, is set in Kent and Northern Ireland. CJ Sansom calls it: "his best so far".

Before becoming a crime writer, William Shaw was an award-winning music journalist and the author of several non-fiction books including Westsiders: Stories of the Boys in the Hood, about a year spent with the young men of South Central Los Angeles, and A Superhero For Hire, a compilation of columns in the Observer Magazine.

Starting out as assistant editor of the post-punk magazine ZigZag, he has been a journalist for The Observer, The New York Times, Wired, Arena and The Face and was Amazon UK Music Journalist of the Year in 2003.

Please say hello to William on Twitter and Facebook this week. You can chat to him, ask him questions or let him know if you've enjoyed his books.

The Birdwatcher on Amazon