David Hewson at Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Londra

Just back from a great evening’s entertainment at the Italian Institute of Culture in London where Crime Time editor and Stieg Larsson biographer Barry Forshaw took to the stage to interview bestselling novelist David Hewson.

Don’t be fooled by the rather serious looking pair above (awful photograph by yours truly) – this was a light-hearted, entertaining and informative discussion about David’s great series of Nic Costa novels (the latest of which The Fallen Angel is out now from PanMacmillan as is fantastic).

David’s always a great author to listen to, his passion for his work and for Rome always just makes me want to grab my laptop and go and book a holiday there – inspiring.

Still no news on who might play Costa in the upcoming television movies, with Hewson citing Ricky Gervais to anyone who asks.  It’s a joke – and I just hope it stays that way *shudders*.

It’ll be the second time that Hewson’s work has been adapted for screen, the first being his first novel which was made into a Mira Sorvino movie, Semana Santa.  What I didn’t realise until he stated it tonight was that the money for the movie was from the managers of Duran Duran, after he rejected the first offer from Antonio Banderas!

Nice to see a good turn out tonight for a gentleman of crime fiction and thanks to Maxim Jakubowski and The Italian Institute for arranging the event.

Keith B Walters



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