Lyme gets into crime

A FORMER Home Secretary, the grand-daughter of a notorious double agent and one of the country’s leading forensic scientists will be among the speakers at a new literary festival, Lyme Crime, at Lyme Regis from 23rd to 25th June.

A prolific memoirist, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson will be talking about his first foray into crime writing,  a contemporary thriller called The Last Train to Gypsy Hill.

Charlotte Philby will be talking about her new novel, Edith and Kim, which looks at the relationship between her double-agent grandfather Kim and Soviet spy, Edith Tudor-Hart.

Angela Gallop, a practising forensic scientist for more than 45 years, who personally oversaw the cases of Rachel Nickell, Damilola Taylor, Roberto Calvi and Stephen Lawrence, will be discussing her latest book, How To Solve A Crime, which reveals the ways in which criminals, however skilled, always leave a trace.

They join an impressive line-up of crime writers at the festival at the Marine Theatre. Panellists include Nicci French, Erin Kelly, Fiona Cummins, Heidi Perks, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Harriet Tyce, Antonia Hodgson, Abir Mukherjee and Laurence Anholt.

Pictured: Charlotte Philby and Angela Gallop.