Val McDermid

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The best recent thrillers – review roundup
This month’s crop of crime and suspense fiction includes an engaging tale of government secrets by Robert Peston and a nail-biting new series from Val McDermid

Alison Flood

07, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The best recent crime and thrillers – review roundup
1979 by Val McDermid; A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris; The Turnout by Megan Abbott; Of Fangs and Talons by Nicolas Mathieu; 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard; and These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall

Laura Wilson

20, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Dreaming of a better future? Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell and more on books to inspire change
As our thoughts turn to life after the pandemic, authors from this year’s Hay festival choose books that have inspired lasting change in them

Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell, Imbolo Mbue, Sathnam Sanghera, Alice Roberts, Guvna B, Horatio Clare, Val McDermid, Kehinde Andrews, Jon McGregor, Tahmima Anam, Nina Stibbe, Hafsa Zayyan, Maaza Mengiste, Monique Roffey, Peter Scott-Morgan, Hollie McNish, Mel Giedroyc and Maggie Shipstead

29, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Val McDermid: 'To survive, you had to be twice as good as the guys'
The Scottish crime writer on working in a newsroom in the 70s, coping with lockdown and the transformation of attitudes to gay couples in her home nation

Kate Kellaway

13, Feb, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Why reading fiction creates good leaders | Letter
Letter: David Beakhust fears that a generation of politicians emerging recently lack essential skills


19, Aug, 2020 @4:01 PM

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Fiction readers have made best leaders in Covid-19 crisis, says Val McDermid
Crime author argues ministers who read only political biographies are limited in vision

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

16, Aug, 2020 @4:46 PM

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Scenes for Survival review – Alan Cumming runs wild in lockdown drama
Cumming, Val McDermid and others explore pandemic life in this series from National Theatre of Scotland and the BBC

Mark Fisher

04, Aug, 2020 @11:46 AM

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Top 10 Scottish crime novels
Scottish novelists from William McIlvanney to Ian Rankin and Denise Mina deliver all the gut-punch thrills of crime without forgetting its human cost

Craig Robertson

27, May, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Majority of authors 'hear' their characters speak, finds study
Research on writers appearing at the Edinburgh international book festival reveals 63% listen to their creations, and 61% feel they have their own agency

Alison Flood

27, Apr, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Theatres create first online programmes of new work in response to Covid-19
Brian Cox is among stars appearing in digital productions commissioned by the UK’s swiftly adapting arts venues, written by playwrights in isolation

Chris Wiegand

23, Mar, 2020 @1:52 PM

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The best recent thrillers – review roundup
Hauntings in the Highlands, plus a new Val McDermid

Alison Flood

11, Aug, 2019 @9:00 AM

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From Agatha Christie to Gillian Flynn: 50 great thrillers by women
In response to a list of the 100 best crime novels that had only 28 female authors, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid and Dreda Say Mitchell and other leading writers nominate some alternatives

Alison Flood

16, May, 2019 @1:50 PM

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