Thursday, August 06, 2020

Top ten books about probation

Kate Simants is a writer of psychological thrillers and crime fiction.

After a decade working in the UK television industry, specialising in investigative documentaries, police shows and undercover work, Simants relocated from London to Bristol to concentrate on writing. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Brunel University (2007) and another in Crime Fiction from the University of East Anglia (2018), where she was the recipient of the UEA Literary Festival Scholarship. Her first novel Lock Me In was shortlisted for the 2015 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger, and is published by HarperCollins.

Simants won the 2019 Bath Novel Award with her second novel The Knocks, which is now published under the title A Ruined Girl.

At the Guardian, Simants tagged ten rich, human stories in the space between prison and the rest of life, including:
Humber Boy B by Ruth Dugdall

PO Cate Austin tackles adolescent murderers, their eventual release back into society, and the conflict between their right to a fresh start and the enduring pain they caused as children. The eponymous young adult Ben is drawn with unflinching honesty by a writer with a masterful grasp of nuance and contradiction. Highly recommended.
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