More bloody foreigners lunch

hardys brasserie

Well Last month when I was in London Daniela from Europa editions and Susan from Istros books mentioned this event was happening and it would be great if I could come ,as I can usually only afford one trip to London a year I had to turn them down ,then Daniela said they may have the money to get me a train ticket to come for the Lunch .I said I’d love too and thanked them very much ,so yesterday I boarded the train to London arrived just about in time as we ran a bit late ,dashed across london on the tube to Baker street and then  walked to Hardy’s.

a dark song of blood

Three of the writers from the event the night before were there .Ben Pastor ,whom I only got to talk to briefly is Italian writer ,who lives in America and her books are about the German Detective Martin Bora .Her latest is A dark song of Blood   ,her books are published by Bitter Lemon Press who are this year celebrating ten years of publishing Frank their publisher was saying ,they had put their first book out ten years ago .

The art of killing well

Now I got more chance to talk to the other two writers ,I was sat away from the writers  initially but swapped seats ,sat next too Jake Kerridge ,who is the Crime reviewer for the Telegraph on one side and then Andrej Nikolaidis on the other ,opposite was Marco Malvaldi ,I have just read his book the Art of Killing well ,that Maclehose press ,Europa editions have brought out another book by him game for five in their World Noir series  .Marco was quizzed about the food by Barry Forshaw who was sat next too him ,Marco was Polite but this lead into a mention of how Pellegrino Artusi the character of his Book the art of Killing Well ,he was a successful businessman whom later in his life decided to write a book about the food he loved ,because he loved eating and had a wonderful cook but then discovered no-one had written down how to make these dishes  .So Pellegrino spent time travelling round Italy writing this book ,which he initially published as a book for his friends then for friends of friends then an Italian publisher got hold of this book and ask to publish it ,it became an instant bestseller and was in nearly every Italian household at the turn of the century .Marco book is set just as Pellegrino has finished his journey round Italy and is spending the weekend at the house of a Baron ,whilst there the Butler is killed and Pellegrino helps find the killer .I also quizzed Marco about his thoughts on the forthcoming England italy match over the weekend .


Now to the last writer ,but actually the first I spoke to on Arrival I saw Susan from Istros book she said Andrej Nikolaidis was outside so I went and had a smoke with Andrej and introduced myself ,I have reviewed both his book The coming and The son  , he also wrote a piece for my Thomas Bernard week about his shared love of the Austrian writer Thomas Bernard  .Andrej spoke to me about Bernard ,football ,putting together his playlists for his books which I had put together on a playlist on spotify .The meal was lovely I had a game terrine followed by Roast pork and finished off with a Chocolate fondant and coffee .I then spent afternoon wandering across London with Susan and Andrej ,talking books ,Tirana ,Kadare ,Russia and the Ukraine some  great stories from Andrej about writers and events around Europe some of  which  were quite eye-opening .We also bumped into two other writers from the Balkans (Not every day you bump into the cream of European lit  which had just arrived for an event today called Balkans day and we finished off with Moroccan mint tea in the cafe near Istros books office at red lion square  chatting away .A lovely day which for me showed the power of books in translation ,the way on one level we can all connected via novels about crime as Violence is violence wherever !  Many thanks for the Art council with out whom I wouldn’t have been able to have come yesterday .

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Messy_tony
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 10:13:11

    Sounds like a fabulous day Stu, I’m falling more and more in love with Balkan fiction, so I’m most jealous


  2. Katharina Bielenberg
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 10:24:50

    Lovely blog Stu, great to see you, glad you enjoyed the lunch and the company.


  3. Rob Burdock (@RobAroundBooks)
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 10:48:19

    Sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful time, Stu. Bravo!


  4. Seamus Duggan
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 11:22:22

    Sounds like a fun day, Stu. The up side of blogging! (BTW, I guess someone has been sabotaging my invites so I’d like to take this opportunity to say I AM available for free lunches, whatever the rumour mill has been saying.)


  5. mee
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 12:00:26

    How lovely you got to have lunch with them! I actually went to the Bloody Foreigners night, since it was only about 15 mins walk away from my office. I don’t usually read crime fiction, but was interested in the whole “foreign”-ness of the event. A bit overwhelmed though, so I still don’t know where to start if I want to read a crime fiction (I’ve read true-crime books in the past, but never crime fiction).


  6. whisperinggums
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 13:22:40

    What a great day … and good on Daniela for organising for you to be able to go. You deserved it for all the work you do. And, how wonderful to have been able to meet and talk with all those writers. Must say I love the look of some of those covers!


  7. Guy Savage
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 13:50:54

    I have a Marco Malvadi on order (different title), so looking forward to that. Sounds like an exciting day, and what a great thing to be invited. Lucky you.


  8. jacquiwine
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 15:00:10

    What a fantastic day – it sounds as though you had a wonderful time, Stu.


  9. Carol S
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 15:34:24

    Here’s another jealous person who even lives in London! But well done you. You’ve definitely inspired me to follow up some of, if not most of these books. Thank you


  10. MarinaSofia
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 16:35:23

    How absolutely wonderful – great initiative and glad that you could be there! (Slightly envious, but coming over from Geneva is a bit more difficult).


  11. suzigun
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 20:04:32

    Sounds like you had a great time. I went to the More Bloody Foreigners event the night before, which was very interesting. You had a much better opportunity to talk to some of the authors than most of us got!


  12. Violet
    Jun 14, 2014 @ 06:43:55

    I’m glad you met all those interesting people and had a fab time. 🙂


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  14. BookerTalk
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 20:54:55

    What a fabulous day you had. Balkan literature isn’t something I am at all aware pf so will be adding these to my list to check out.m


  15. Geosi
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 10:31:29

    looks like a great day you had. Cheers!


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