We have a lot of interviews with writers and other experts choosing their best books on thrillers.
On sub-genres of thrillers Scott Turow recommends the best legal novels. Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom recommend their best Swedish crime writing. Peter James recommends his best crime fiction and Simon Brett the best Whodunnits.
On political thriller books, Peter Hitchens chooses his best anti-communist thrillers and Jeremy Duns his best forgotten Cold War thrillers. Ben Macintyre chooses The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré and Casino Royale by Ian Fleming in his best books on spies. Charles Cumming chooses Le Carré’s The Constant Gardener among his best books on espionage.
Our interviewees have chosen a very wide range of books, but, some thrillers come up multiple times. Both Lucy Atkins and Tess Gerristen chose Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Jeffrey Archer and Sam Bourne both selected The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. Sam Bourne also chose The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. That thriller also makes James Twining’s list. Tess Gerritsen and Louise Bagshawe both choose Eye of a Needle by Ken Follett.
Looking for a pacy, suspenseful thriller that keeps you racing through the pages? Look no further. Anthony Franze, author and coordinator of the International Thriller Writers’ annual awards, talks us through some of the books that made the shortlist for the best thrillers of 2019.
The British public-school system, with its hidden homosexuality and feelings of loneliness, encouraged subterfuge and led to a generation of great spy writers and spies, suggests author and journalist Ben Macintyre. He picks the best books on spies.
Right-wing journalist and political commentator Peter Hitchens says the Left has been liberated by the fall of the Berlin Wall and that speech is probably freer in modern Russia than it is in Britain. He recommends some great anti-Communist thrillers.