An evening with Quentin Bates, Rachael Blok & Helena Halme, moderated by Anne Grydehøj

By: Barnet Libraries
Wednesday, 3rd Jul 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Chipping Barnet Library
3 Stapylton Road
Link to ticket booking page on Eventbrite website

Chipping Barnet Library presents: An Evening with Quentin Bates, Rachael Blok & Helena Halme, on Wednesday 3rd July.

This talk will be moderated by Dr Anne Grydehøj, Teaching Fellow in Danish, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London

Quentin Bates is a writer and journalist who has recently made the move into fiction with the first of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland. They included the following titles

Frozen Out/Assets

Cold Comfort

Chilled to the Bone


Cold Steal


Thin Ice

Cold Breath

Quentin escaped English suburbia as a teenager, jumping at the chance of a gap year working in Iceland. For a variety of reasons, the gap year stretched to become a gap decade, during which time he went native in the north of Iceland, acquiring a new language, a new profession as a seaman and a family before decamping en masse for England.

As well as writing his own fiction, Quentin has become a busy translator, having translated Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series of five novels and Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s Reykjavik Noir trilogy into English for Orenda Books. Other translations include Bowlineby Guðlaugur Arason, The Edge of the World by Sigurjón Magnússon and Cab 79 by Indriði G. Thorsteinsson.

A prize-winning author, Helena Halme writes contemporary fiction with a hint of both Nordic Noir and romance. She’s a former BBC journalist, bookseller and magazine editor. She is originally from Finland. Here is a list of Helena's published titles:

Coffee and Vodka: a Nordic Family Drama

The Red King of Helsinki: Lies, Spies and Gymnastics


The Young Heart (Prequel)

The English Heart (Book 1)

The Faithful Heart (Book 2)

The Good Heart (Book 3)

The True Heart (Book 4)

The Christmas Heart (Book 5)

The Island Affair (Published 21 March 2019)

Rachael Blok grew up in Durham and studied Literature at Warwick University. She taught English at a London comprehensive and is now a full-time writer, living in Hertfordshire with her husband and children. Under the Iceis her first novel.

Under the Ice is a psychological crime thriller about a struggling young mother, caught up in a murder investigation, after the body of a young girl is found in frozen lake. She and DCI Jansen work to uncover the killer, in the snow-bound town.

The talk will cover Quentin, Rachael & Helena's books, and what inspires them to write such gripping stories, followed by a ten-minute Q&A session, with a mystery prize for the best question.

Bookings can be made at the following email address or Eventbrite

Wednesday 3rd July 2019 from 18.20pm – 19.50pm

Chipping Barnet Library, 3 Stapylton Road, Barnet EN5 8SG, 0208 359 4040


An image of a collection of authors attending Barnet Libraries on 3rd July
An image of a collection of authors attending Barnet Libraries on 3rd July

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