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DEATH IN VENICE

Award-winning, bestselling, author of 27 novels in 25 years, all set in her beloved Venice, Donna Leon has no interest in fame or fortune, as Tina Jackson discovers

STAR INTERVIEW

The fashion photos in the glossy magazine in front of bestselling American crime writer Donna Leon show a mistily fanciful vision of a dreamy Venice populated by impossibly beautiful people in outrageously expensive clothes. And Donna, the author of 27 Venice-set crime novels, is making her feelings clear in no uncertain fashion.

‘I can’t look at this,’ she protests. ‘This is what has happened to Venice. Rather than being the quiet, modest place that I first went to in the 1960s, it has become the kind of place where things like this are done to it.’

Donna’s Venice is an altogether different kind of place: a murky city where her kindly hero Commissario Guido Brunetti comes up against crime and corruption in an inventive variety of guises. If there is such a thing as a philosophical crime novel, Donna writes it, and in her latest, The Temptation of Forgiveness, Brunetti investigates a crime that forces him to consider the real purpose of justice.

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In the new issue, you can discover ten ways to make yourself more publishable, and learn how to bounce back from one of the hardest, yet most inevitable experiences for a writer – rejection. Also in August's WM, explore the philosophy of crime and the real Venice with bestselling crime writer Donna Leon in our star interview, check out £13,300 in writing prizes waiting to be won, and keep up to date with all the latest opportunities to get into print.