International bestselling author Sophie Hannah visited Mill Hill School yesterday to meet pupils in Fourth Form and Remove as part of the School’s drive to raise literacy standards through building a culture of reading.
Sophie Hannah is an international bestselling author of crime thrillers whose novels have sold millions of copies in 49 languages. Among her bestsellers are Haven’t They Grown and, most recently, The Couple at the Table. In 2014, Sophie was hired by the Agatha Christie Estate to write a new Hercule Poirot mystery, the first since the death of the author. The Monogram Murders subsequently became a bestseller around the world, topping the charts in more than 15 countries.
Two of Sophie’s other novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television by ITV and released as the programme Case Sensitive. In addition, her stage play, The Mystery of Mr E, will be released as a major motion picture, in December. She is also an award-winning poet, whose works are studied at GCSE, A Level and degree level across the UK.
In two question-and-answer sessions, Sophie spoke about how she became a writer, her love of reading, how she came to write Hercule Poirot novels and her upcoming movie, The Mystery of Mr E. She also introduced her novel, Haven’t They Grown, her very bestselling novel, a copy of which all pupils received with a personalised signature.
After meeting the pupils and her time at the School, Sophie said, “What a fantastic school! I had the most amazing time talking to the pupils about reading, writing, Agatha Christie and the life of a writer. I look forward to coming back.“
We have been incredibly fortunate that Sophie could find time in her busy schedule to meet our pupils and discuss her work. Sophie is an engaging speaker, full of stories, insights and advice that draw the listener in as much as her brilliant thrillers do.
Head of English