Crime fiction is littered with the bodies of women, victims of violence perpetrated almost entirely by men and often in their own homes. At the same time, more women than ever find themselves fascinated by the genre, with up to 68 per cent of readers thought to be female.
Why is it that violence against women continues to pervade crime fiction? And what is it about these stories that has women so hooked? This panel features novelist and academic Heidi James, author and true crime expert Linda Stratmann, and author and travel writer, Kia Abdullah in conversation with novelist Kirsty Logan.
Join them as they explore the history of violence against women in fiction and the strides being made towards decentring female brutality within the genre.