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LONDON: 19th April 2021 — SunRise Publishing has acquired The Language Detective by Dr John Olsson. As one of Britain’s leading forensic linguists and the world’s first fulltime language detective, Olsson previously authored two best-selling accounts of his cases: Word Crime (Continuum, 2012) and More Word Crime (Bloomsbury 2018). His academic text Forensic Linguistics (Bloomsbury 2013) is considered the most authoritative on the subject and is required reading for students worldwide.

Dr John Olsson is an internationally recognised forensic linguist who has given crucial testimony in high profile trials around the world. His specialty is exposing the authorship of anonymous documents including hate mail, hoax letters and product contamination threats; as well as kidnap and ransom demands. He has also solved a number of codes in conspicuous criminal cases and has worked on every serious class of crime including murder, terrorism, assault, fraud, forgery, narcotics distribution, organised crime, kidnapping and extortion.

The Language Detective is Olsson’s autobiography, ranging from his childhood in South Africa during the apartheid years to his passions for languages and flying, through to his work in the courts and his legal qualifications as both a barrister and solicitor, as well as a PhD in Forensic Linguistics — he is the only person to hold all three.

SunRise Publishing Director, Gurdeep Mattu, commented: ‘I first started working with John in 2007 and together we published Wordcrime, a significant step towards making forensic linguistics widely known as one of the forensic tools crime-detection agencies have at their disposal. In a world of scams, hackers and state-level deceptions, understanding who we are really dealing with is ever more important. Dr Olsson’s fascinating life and the significant historical events he has been party to have until now been second place to his work and the cases he has helped solve. This book changes that – I can’t wait to see it published.’ SunRise CEO, Malcolm Turner, added, ‘We are delighted to announce this significant new acquisition from a brilliant writer with a unique story to tell.’

SunRise Publishing is a rapidly growing independent publisher specialising in fiction, biography, social commentary, food, wine, history & politics.

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