Holly Watt

That’s right, SEASON 9! Just 3 weeks after the end of season 8, I was back on the air. Season 8 was incredible with so many amazing authors. There were over 20 shows where they told us their life stories, writing journeys, and tips. Since then there have been computer problems but the show made it. The PC is still broken and I had to run the show on a laptop, but it survived.

To kick us off with season 9 I was joined by the brilliant, award-winning journalist and author, Holly Watt! Holly started her career at the Sunday Times, before moving to the Daily Telegraph. During six years at the Telegraph, she was the Whitehall Editor and jointly ran the investigations team. She then moved to work on the Guardian’s investigations team. Holly has been nominated for a wide range of #journalism prizes, winning awards for her work on stories including MPs’ Expenses at the Telegraph and the Panama Papers at the Guardian. She has reported from a wide range of countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Libya, Jordan, and Lebanon. As well as flying around the world on everything from Lynx helicopters to Air Force One, Holly also worked as an undercover journalist. In 2008, she was the Laurence Stern Fellow, spending several months working at the Washington Post. Holly’s first novel – To The Lions – won the 2019 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. The Dead Line was longlisted for the 2021 Steel Dagger. Her third book, The Hunt and The Kill is out now. It was The Times’s #thriller of the Month. The Crime #writers Associations described To The Lions as “A deeply uncomfortable read which lingers long in the reminiscence, this tautly plotted and well timed thriller shines a light on the role of the journalist as witness or protagonist and asks devastating questions approximately the value of human life before culminating in a life-or-death chase through the desert to Libya. This is a highly accomplished debut that marks Watt out as a fresh and important voice.” Her latest book THE HUNT AND THE KILL was called a searing, page-turning, pulse-racing thriller that sees Casey on a hunt around the globe as she pursues a major exposé into pioneering medical research and drugs that could change the world. The Hunt and the Kill is the third book in the Casey Benedict series. That too was a Times Thriller of the Month!

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