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Simon Brett

Calibre Audio Library patron, Simon Brett OBE, is one of our best known crime authors, winning the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger in 2014. Voted for by its members, the accolade celebrates an author with an outstanding body of work in crime fiction. Past recipients include PD James, Lee Child, Margaret Yorke and Ian Rankin.

After graduating with a First-Class Honours degree from Oxford, where he was heavily involved with both writing and acting for the Oxford University Dramatic Society, he joined the BBC as a radio producer. He produced the first episode of BBC Radio 4’s A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as well as the popular I Haven’t Got a Clue and Just A Minute. He also wrote the sitcom After Henry starring Prunella Scales (which became an ITV sitcom), No Commitments and Smelling of Roses. It was while he was producing the play, Lord Peter Wimsey, that the idea of creating  an actor detective evolved. This resulted in the first book of the successful Charles Paris series, Cast In Order of Appearance, being published by Victor Gollancz in 1975.

During the next few years he worked as a television producer at London Weekend Television responsible for programmes such as Maggie and Her starring Irene Handl and Julia McKenzie, and End of Part One, written by David Renwick and Andrew Marshall. In 1979 he decided to become a full-time writer which has resulted in over ninety books including the Mrs Pargeter, Fethering, and the Blotto and Twinks series of crime novels. His psychological thriller, A Shock to the System, was made into a film starring Michael Caine.

On receiving his OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List Simon said:

“I not only enjoy writing, I also enjoy the company of writers. Over the years I have been on lots of committees with fascinating people trying to improve the circumstances of those in our profession. And I like to think that it’s for some of those efforts that I have been given this very welcome award.”

Calibre Audio Library director, Mike Lewington added: " We would like to congratulate Simon on this prestigious honour. Simon's books are hugely popular with our members and he has been a tireless advocate in promoting literary accessibility for print disabled people." 

Our Detective and Mystery titles are the most frequently borrowed in our library and where you will find a selection of Simon’s novels: Mrs. Pargeter’s Plot (5212); Mrs Pargeter’s Pound of Flesh (3711); Blotto,Twinks and The Bootlegger’s Moll (10688); Blotto, Twinks and The Riddle of the Spinx (10689), and from the Fethering series: The Body on the Beach (5466); Blood at the Bookies (8282) and The Corpse on the Court (10687). Follow Charles Paris’ theatrical adventures in The Cinderella Killer (10941); Dead Room Farce (9142) and A Reconstructed Corpse (4481).