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Two years after the death of Ruth Rendell, Clerkenwell publisher Profile is releasing a collection of rediscovered stories about “murder and mayhem” in time for Halloween. Andre Paine explores the sinister imagination of the late crime writer.

 

Design Library is coming to Clerkenwell Design Week – a space for visitors to relax and read. So The Post asked leading design journalist Dominic Lutyens for his pick of classic books from his personal library.

 

Discerning readers have been flocking to bijou publisher- bookshop Persephone Books on Lamb’s Conduit Street for more than 15 years. Andre Paine tells the story behind the stylish grey covers and previews their spring titles.

 

The Clerkenwell Writers’ Asylum is a group of local authors inspired by EC1’s literary luminaries – from Daniel Defoe and Charles Dickens to Anthony Horowitz. 

 

As the weather turns chilly, it’s time to get cosy with a gripping book for company on the long winter nights. So this issue we’ve handpicked five titles with a Clerkenwell connection, including classic crime, a historical novel set in the neighbourhood and a festive-themed collection.

 

Clerkenwell is a crime hotspot – at least when it comes to authors. The latest local writer to achieve a bestseller is Paula Hawkins, whose debut thriller is heading to the big screen. So who is the woman behind The Girl on the Train?

 

This spring, Profile Books celebrates two decades in business. It was born in Clerkenwell and is a pure indie publishing success story. Here, we highlight its 20 claims to fame.

 

After years of dedication, local author Laura Powell has just seen her first book published. She describes how Clerkenwell was key to its creation.

 

The Clerkenwell of old has inspired plenty of contemporary authors, who are using our neighbourhood as a setting for gripping stories that portray local life during the Great Fire, the Victorian age and evolving post-war society. We find mist and mystery in five new historical thrillers.

 

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