Two of the most talked-about recent debuts feature protagonists with unstable identities. Stuart Turton’s The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, has been called “Gosford Park meets Inception by way of Agatha Christie.” In this high-concept caper, the eponymous victim will die every day unless Aiden can identify the killer. But each day Aiden wakes in a new body — a doctor, a butler, a banker, and so on. Can Aiden retrieve his true identity in time to save a life? Stuart won the Brighton and Hove Short Story Prize, and was long-listed for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines competition. Felicia Yap, named one of the Observer’s Rising Stars of 2017, is sure to be one of the biggest names in crime fiction for years to come. Her debut, Yesterday, asks: how do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday? Can you trust your husband if he’s accused of murder? Can you trust the police? Can you trust yourself? Chaired by Timothy Baker.
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