I would like to write something like ‘Da Vinci Code’ after finishing ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ series: English television presenter and novelist Richard Osman

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Acclaimed English television presenter, producer, novelist, and comedian Richard Osman made his literary debut in September 2020 with The Third Murder Club, which quickly became a bestseller. The novel follows a group of friends from a retired village as they investigate an unsolved crime. Since then, Osman has not looked back, having been known to create and / or co-present some of the most popular quiz shows, including ‘Meaningless’, ‘Two Tribes’ and ‘Richard Osman’s House of Games’.

Recently, TOI Books teamed up with Osman for an exclusive interview, where he talks about ‘The Third Murder Club’, his long career in the television industry, his upcoming books and much more.

Exclusive Interview: Richard Osman

The conversation began with Osman talking about the four main characters in his first novel, The Third Murder Club, an improbable mix. All of them are about 60 years old. Then, among them were a spy, a nurse and a psychiatrist, and a trade union official. So where did the inspiration for such a character come from?

In response, Osman said, “I like any television show or book about an impromptu gang that gathers. And my mother lives in a retirement village, and everyone there is over 70. When I visit the place, I realize that It will be. It must be an amazing place for a murder. ”

Interestingly, Osman wrote his first novel in secret for more than 18 months. Talking about the reason behind it, he had a straightforward answer: “You don’t really want to tell your friends that you’re writing a book, do you?”

Also, Osman added that since he is well known in the UK, he does not want publishers to chase him. “I wanted to finish something for myself, and then ask people, ‘Is this really a good book?'”

In addition, Osman’s second novel, The Man Who Died Twice, which was published in September 2021, sold more than 114,000 copies in its first week. Interestingly, only JK Rowling, Dan Brown and Harper Lee sold out quickly. Talking about the same thing, Osman said, “My philosophy is always to try to create things that I am really proud of. I want as many people as possible to see and read the things that I have created. I am really proud of my books and I want people and their I love the fact that I love the characters. ”

Also, talking about his long career as a television presenter, producer, novelist and comedian and learning from it, Osman mentioned that he grew up watching television and reading books. “My vision has always been – on TV and now in books – to create the kind of television program I watch, and the same goes for books,” he said.

Meanwhile, American film director, producer and screenwriter Steven Spielberg recently bought the rights to The Third Murder Club. Elaborating on the issue, Osman said that he was relieved about the adaptation.

“My career has taught us another thing that you have to work in a team. I will take care of my business, that is, writing. And when someone like Steven Spielberg wants to make a film, you have to give him permission.”

After all, what are Osman planning to do after the four books of The Third Murder Club are published?

Her response: “I’d like to write a little more thriller, like the Da Vinci Code type book. I like that kind of thing.”

Meanwhile, a few days after the interview, Osman learns that his first novel reflects a story directly from his family archive! His ancestors formed a detective team to solve a real-life murder a few centuries before he wrote his book. Osman’s four-time great-grandfather discovers a corpse and is involved in the biggest murder trial of the 1800s!




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