Laura Wilson (writer)

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Laura Wilson
Born 1964 (age 52–53)
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality British
Genre Crime fiction
Notable works The Lover
Stratton’s War
Notable awards Prix du Polar Européen
Ellis Peters Award

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Laura Wilson (born 1964) is an English crime-writer based in London, where she was born and raised. She has degrees in English Literature form Somerville College, Oxford, and University College London, and has worked as a teacher and editor of non-fiction. Many of her novels have either a historical setting or a distinct historical connection, and often have split or dual narratives.

Her fifth novel, The Lover, won the Prix du Polar Européen in 2005, and her eighth, Stratton’s War, won the Crime Writers' Association's 2008 Ellis Peters Award for Best Historical Mystery. Both The Lover and A Thousand Lies were shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger, and A Little Death, The Lover and An Empty Death were shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Award. She is The Guardian's crime fiction reviewer and was the 2009 programming chair of the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival.


  • A Little Death (Orion, 1999)
  • Dying Voices (Orion, 2000)
  • My Best Friend (Orion, 2001)
  • Hello Bunny Alice (Orion, 2003) US title: Telling Lies to Alice
  • The Lover (Orion, 2004)
  • A Thousand Lies (Orion, 2006)
  • Stratton’s War (Orion, 2007) US title: The Innocent Spy
  • An Empty Death (Orion, 2009)
  • A Capital Crime (Quercus, 2010)
  • A Willing Victim (Quercus, 2012)
  • The Riot (Quercus, 2013)
  • The Wrong Girl (Quercus, 2015)

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