Sophie Hannah Books

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Sophie Hannah is a British author and poet that writes crime fiction. She was chosen to take over from Agatha Christie, writing new novels set in the legendary author’s Hercule Poirot world. Hannah was born in Manchester, England to an academic and an author (Norman Geras and Adele Geras respectively).

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Order of Zailer & Waterhouse Mysteries Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Little Face 2006 Description / Buy
2 Hurting Distance / The Truth-Teller's Lie 2007 Description / Buy
3 The Wrong Mother / The Point of Rescue 2008 Description / Buy
4 The Other Half Lives / The Dead Lie Down 2009 Description / Buy
5 A Room Swept White / The Cradle in the Grave 2010 Description / Buy
6 Lasting Damage / The Other Woman's House 2011 Description / Buy
7 Kind of Cruel 2012 Description / Buy
8 The Carrier 2013 Description / Buy
9 The Telling Error / Woman with a Secret 2014 Description / Buy
10 Pictures or It Didn't Happen 2015 Description / Buy
11 The Narrow Bed / The Next to Die 2016 Description / Buy
12 The Couple at the Table 2022 Description / Buy

Order of New Hercule Poirot Mysteries Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Monogram Murders 2014 Description / Buy
2 Closed Casket 2016 Description / Buy
3 The Mystery of Three Quarters 2018 Description / Buy
4 The Killings at Kingfisher Hill 2020 Description / Buy
5 Hercule Poirot's Silent Night 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Sophie Hannah Standalone Novels

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1 Gripless 1999 Description / Buy
2 Cordial and Corrosive 2000 Description / Buy
3 The Superpower of Love 2002 Description / Buy
4 The Orphan Choir 2014 Description / Buy
5 A Game for All the Family 2015 Description / Buy
6 Keep Her Safe / Did You See Melody? 2017 Description / Buy
7 The Understudy ( With: Clare Mackintosh, B.A. Paris, Holly Brown) 2019 Description / Buy
8 Perfect Little Children / Haven't They Grown 2020 Description / Buy
9 The Opposite of Murder 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Sophie Hannah Short Stories/Novellas

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1 The Warning 2015 Description / Buy
2 Only Joseph (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Sophie Hannah Short Story Collections

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1 Second Helping of Your Heart (Short Story) 1994 Description / Buy
2 The Hero and the Girl Next Door (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
3 Hotels like Houses (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
4 Leaving and Leaving You (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
5 First of the Last Chances (Short Story) 2003 Description / Buy
6 Leeds Stories 2 (Short Story) 2005 Description / Buy
7 Pessimism for Beginners (Short Story) 2007 Description / Buy
8 The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets 2008 Description / Buy
9 Ideas Above Our Station 2010 Description / Buy
10 The Poetry of Sex 2014 Description / Buy
11 Marrying the Ugly Millionaire 2015 Description / Buy
12 The Visitors Book (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Sophie Hannah Picture Books

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1 Carrot the Goldfish (Short Story) 1992 Description / Buy
2 Early Bird Blues (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
3 The Box Room (Short Story) 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Sophie Hannah Non-Fiction Books

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1 How to Hold a Grudge 2019 Description / Buy
2 Happiness, a Mystery: And 66 Attempts to Solve It 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Sophie Hannah Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Love Me Slender: Poems About Love (Short Story) 2000 Description / Buy
2 Selected Poems 2006 Description / Buy
3 Something Untoward 2012 Description / Buy

Sophie Hannah Anthologies

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1 Hyphen: Anthology of Short Stories by Poets 2004 Description / Buy
2 Bonne Route 2008 Description / Buy
3 The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 7 2010 Description / Buy
4 Deadlier 2017 Description / Buy
5 Ten Year Stretch 2018 Description / Buy
6 Everyday Kindness 2021 Description / Buy
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She attended the University of Manchester, eventually publishing her first volume of poems at 24. Her work was compared to Wendy Cope and Lewis Carroll. She even drew the attention of the Poet Book Society which named her one of their ‘Next Generation Poets’.

Her skill as a poet is such that schools in the country study her poems, not only at University but GCSE and A-Level. Her bibliography is somewhat diverse. Her poems are popular but she has also written for children.

Her renown can be imputed to the many successful crime fiction novels she has written over the course of her career. She cemented her place in the history of the University of Cambridge when she helped them create their Master’s Degree program in Crime and Thriller writing.

Her fiction always starts with a scenario that can’t be explained. Her goal is to engross her readers with a mystery from the very beginning before slowly revealing the various components of her plot. She learned this from Agatha Christie.

Christie wasn’t interested in starting her novels with a dead victim whose murder the protagonist would proceed to solve. Rather, her stories always began with some strange and inexplicable occurrence.

Sophie Hannah took note of Christie’s approach and deployed it in her own writing. Her interest in crime fiction was cemented by Agatha Christie but it wasn’t sparked by her work. Hannah was a child when she discovered Enid Blyton.

She read ‘The Secret Seven‘ and loved it. She was already in her teens when she discovered Christie’s ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’. The author wrote her first novel at the age of 16 but publishers rejected it.

She wrote two more novels but she met the same result. The publishers in question were not impressed by her stories but they thought that her writing was excellent and they told her as much.

Hannah took this as a sign that crime fiction wasn’t her forte. So she turned to poetry. Hannah had been writing poems since childhood. And unlike her crime stories, people appreciated her poems. After university, she intentionally secured a simple secretarial job in the hopes that it would allow her to write.

The author spent the next few years producing poetry. She was quickly rewarded with attention and accolades. Hannah would have abandoned crime fiction altogether if she hadn’t fallen pregnant.

At the age of 31, she had her first child. After five days of labor, Hannah’s child was finally born. After she had rested, she tried to see her baby. But the first child she encountered wasn’t hers. She was eventually reunited with the right infant. But she wondered what would happen if her husband arrived in a few hours and she tried to convince him that they had given her the wrong baby.

The thought amused her. It also became the foundation for ‘Little Face’, her first crime fiction novel. ‘Little Face’ was immensely successful, paving the way for Hannah to finally pursue the career in crime fiction she had always wanted.

Sophie Hannah Awards

Hannah won the Specsavers National Book Award for ‘The Carrier’. She was also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award in 2007. The author won the ‘Daphne Du Maurier Festival’ Short Story Competition in 2004.

Sophie Hannah Books into Movies

‘Case Sensitive’, a two-part ITV drama, was an adaptation of ‘The Point of Rescue’ and ‘The Other Half Lives’.

Best Sophie Hannah Books

Hannah has been commended for writing with warmth, humor, and wit, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:

Monogram Murders: Three guests at a London Hotel are dead. The murderer placed a cufflink in each victim’s mouth. Hercule Poirot is fascinated. He can’t help but think that the deaths are connected to a woman who told him earlier in the day that she was about to be murdered.

Little Face: Two weeks after giving birth, Alice left her newborn with her husband. She came back two hours later to find that the baby in the crib was not hers. But no one believes her, not her husband and not Detective Constable Simon Waterhouse.

When Does The Next Sophie Hannah book come out?

The next book by Sophie Hannah is The Opposite of Murder and will be released on November, 14th 2024.

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