Val McDermid will be celebrating the release of her 25th novel, the latest in the Tony Hill series, by coming to “Bookmarked” – a new literary salon co-hosted by Simon Savidge and Adam Lowe at Waterstone’s Deansgate – along with a special guest.
Monday 12th September, 7pm at Waterstone’s Deansgate in the heart of Manchester – “Bookmarked” aims to bring something new and fresh to the Manchester cultural scene. It has already featured two of the most talked-about and bestselling first-time novelists of 2011, Sarah Winman and SJ Watson. Now for their second evening of bookish entertainment they return with crime writing legend Val McDermid and her special guest, and debut crime writer, M.J. McGrath. Tickets £5 or £3 for Waterstone’s Loyalty Card Holders, telephone 0161 837 3000.
About the Authors
Val McDermid was born in Kirkcaldy, a small town in the heart of the Scottish mining community. She graduated in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford before going on to be an award winning journalist for sixteen years. Her first novel was published in 1987 since then she has written 24 bestselling novels, translated into more than 30 languages, with over two million copies sold in the UK and over 10 million worldwide. The Retribution is her 25th.
Val was the recent recipient of the Pioneer Award at the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger. This followed her induction into the Hall of Fame at the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards in 2009. The popular ITV series Wire in the Blood based on McDermid’s books and ran for an impressive six series. A regular broadcaster she is currently working on a drama serial for BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and a BBC Radio 4 documentary about The Chalet School books. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Northumberland.
“Her work is taut, psychologically complex and so gripping that it puts your life on hold.” The Times
M.J. McGrath was born in Essex. The author of critically acclaimed, bestselling memoirs Silvertown and Hopping and The Long Exile, Melanie won the John Llewelyn-Rhys/Mail on Sunday award for Best New British and Commonwealth Writer under 35, for her first book Motel Nirvana. The Long Exile is the story of the 1950s forced relocation of Inuits to Ellesmere Island – the setting for White Heat. M.J. McGrath has travelled extensively in the Arctic, living with Inuit families and learning about their lives, culture and language. She has eaten pickled beaver paws and instant powdered moose, narrowly avoided wolves and worn fur for survival purposes. She lives and works in London. White Heat is her first novel.
‘A striking debut, especially good at working glimpses of the Inuit way of life into its plot.’ Sunday Times