Top author launches latest novel in Newham

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:04 06 August 2015

Barbara Nadel will be launching her latest book at the Newham Bookshop

Barbara Nadel will be launching her latest book at the Newham Bookshop


An award-winning crime author will be making her way to Plaistow to launch her latest novel.

Barbara Nadel is a trained actress and a former mental health advocate at a psychiatric hospital that treated offenders with mental health issues.

The writer, originally from Custom House, said it was her experience working with such offenders that paved the way for her writing career.

She said: “Some of the people I came across had such extraordinary minds.

“The stories I heard were horrendous but it wasn’t always so much the crime itself but the events that led to the offence which were horrifying.

“Some of them had the most horrific backgrounds and it was fascinating yet disturbing to hear about their backgrounds and stories and this is where I really started writing.”

The novelist’s new book which is set to be released on Thursday, is based on the story of a kidnap in Plaistow.

“The story is set around a private investigator Lee Arnold, and his partner, Mumtaz Hakim, trying to unfold a kidnap” she said.

“It is a crime novel but the backdrop of the story also includes issues such as gentrification, of people moving in and local residents feeling like they have to try and keep up, which is something many areas across London are currently experiencing.”

Barbara who was the 2005 winner of the CWA Silver Dagger for Deadly Webb will be launching her latest book called, Enough Rope, at the Newham Bookshop next Thursday.

She said: “I’m very excited for the launch, it is an excellent bookshop and although I no longer live in Newham, the borough is still very dear to me.”

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