Crime by the sea

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Anyone fancying a trip to Sarfend this weekend could inhale a bit of culture along with the bracing sea air by dropping in on the Essex Book Festival, which will be featuring Wanstead’s own crime novelist Anya Lipska.

She will be appearing on a panel discussing the appeal of international crime fiction – a subject she knows something about, specialising as she does in telling criminal tales set among the East End’s Polish community. (Regular readers, including those who have read the extracts we’ve published in the past, will remember Anya’s settings… Green Man, Hollow Ponds, Walthamstow, Leytonstone High Street etc)

She says she feels a bit of a fraud, being the odd Brit on a highly cosmopolitan panel. But she adds: “Who could say no to a day out in Southend?”