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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).
Order of Zailer & Waterhouse Mysteries Series
|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
|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
|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||2019||Description / Buy|
|8||Perfect Little Children / Haven't They Grown||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of Sophie Hannah Short Stories/Novellas
|1||The Warning||2015||Description / Buy|
|2||Only Joseph (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Sophie Hannah Short Story Collections
|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
|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
|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
|1||Love Me Slender: Poems About Love (Short Story)||2000||Description / Buy|
|2||Selected Poems||2006||Description / Buy|
Sophie Hannah Anthologies
|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|
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 Hercule Poirot's Silent Night and will be released on October, 24th 2023. It is the newest book in the New Hercule Poirot Mysteries Series.