In Memoriam: CJ Sansom, Author of the Shardlake Series, Passes Away at 71

In Memoriam: CJ Sansom, Author of the Shardlake Series, Passes Away at 71

Chris Sansom, the acclaimed Scottish author renowned for his captivating Shardlake historical crime series, has sadly passed away at the age of 71. Sansom’s literary journey began over two decades ago with the publication of his debut novel, “Dissolution,” which introduced readers to the astute lawyer Matthew Shardlake. Over the years, he crafted six more novels in the Shardlake series, captivating readers with his meticulous research and gripping storytelling.

An adaptation of “Dissolution” is set to premiere on Disney+, featuring stellar performances by Sean Bean and Arthur Hughes. Sansom’s contributions to historical crime writing were recognized with numerous awards, including the esteemed Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for his remarkable impact on the genre.

Despite his reluctance for public acclaim, Sansom took immense pride in the enthusiastic reception of his novels. His agent and longtime editor, Anthony Topping and Maria Rejt respectively, fondly remember him as a compassionate and talented writer who brought joy to millions of readers.

Sansom’s legal background infused his novels with authenticity, blending history and law seamlessly. His legacy lives on through the enduring popularity of the Shardlake series, which has sold millions of copies worldwide.


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