December 14, 2018

Elly Griffiths at West Acre Theatre (Review)

As we come up to Christmas 2018, I remember my favourite gift from last year -  "The Crossing Places" by Elly Griffiths. First in a long detective series set in North West Norfolk! For the next three months I blissfuly followed Ruth Galloway (and her enchanting infant daughter Kate) through the entire series, devouring each book and hungry for the next. (Like many Griffths' fans I can't wait for the eleventh instalment, due out next year.) So I was overjoyed when the author herself came to my neck of the woods and a Lynn newspaper sent me to review the event. Here is that review, exactly as published, but now made available online for the first time. 


Meet the Author - Elly Griffiths 

West Acre Theatre

Part of LitFest 2018 Summer of Literature, this prestigious event at a welcoming venue situated in the timeless Norfolk Griffths writes so well, handed her the hard task of following her own Ruth Galloway novels. This reviewer began The Crossing Places, the first, last Christmas Day and finished the tenth, hungry for more, by Easter. Thankfully, Griffiths' larger than life presence, performance energy and stock of personal stories held the audience - from old hands to young admirers - in thrall. It was an impressive reminder of her easy mastery of the modern gothic hook to see how her reading aloud the prologue of the most recent Galloway novel, The Dark Angel, caused those who hadn’t read the novel to gasp, then laugh. They will certainly read it now. Absorbing, too, were insights into her professional life in publishing, her Italian antecedents and her engagement with the audience about who might play her archaeologist heroine and rugged male lead in prospective TV dramatisations of the novels. Ruth Jones and Richard Armitage - and Rhys Ifan for Cathbad- were well-received suggestions.  The author opined that plot adaptations are acceptable but energetically resists proposals in which characters are changed - the novels, she explains, germinate from the archaeology, of which Norfolk is so full; the police story follows. And she absolutely insists on the Norfolk setting, a relief to we who found this most interesting aspect of those Alan Hunter 'Gently' novels unforgivably moved by TV to Durham.

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