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Minette Walters

Nominated Title: Disordered Minds
Other Works: Too numerous to mention but include 'The Ice House',
'The Sculptress' & 'Acid Row'.

''Disordered Minds' - review by Chris High

Minette Walters - bestselling author

Having packed her eldest son off to school in 1987, Minette Walters decided that it was "now or never" time and got down to writing 'The Ice House'. Perseverance proved, once again, to be the key, as it took two years to write and a further two to sell. Once that was accomplished, however, there was no looking back, as the best sellers came thick and fast.

'The Sculptress' followed a year later - winning Minette the Edgar Allen Poe Award in the USA and was adapted for television superbly, with Pauline Quirke playing the highly unusual Olive. 'The Scold's Bridle', published in 1994, won the author the coveted Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award.

A published novel in each of the last ten years shows that dedication to the craft brings its own rewards. A televison adaptation of 'Acid Row' is underway, with further novels in the pipeline.

Away from the pen, Minette lives in Dorset with her husband, two boys and two dogs, Benson and Hedges. Relaxing? It is far more likely to find Minette with a drill and a hammer in her hand for no other purpose than getting two bits of wood to hold together, rather than doing somebody to death with them; Minette is an avid Do It Yourself addict.

Other nominations for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 05

  Mark Billingham - bestselling author, actor, TV writer and stand-up comedian is nominated for his book Lazy Bones published by Little, Brown / Time Warner.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Lazy Bones' by Chris high

  Simon Kernick - nominated for his book The Murder Exchange the second in Kernick's loose London-based crime series introduces DS John Gallan and ex-mercenary, Max Iversson.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Murder Exchange' by Chris High

  Ian Rankin - bestselling crime author and famous for the acclaimed Inspector Rebus series is nominated for his book A Question Of Blood published by Orion (Paperback)
Short biography by Chris High
Review of ' A Question Of Blood' by Chris High

  Val McDermid - published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Her book The Distant Echo described as “a masterpiece of trickery and misdirection” is nominated at Harrogate this year.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Distant Echo' by Chris High

  Andrew Taylor - award-winning author of a number of novels, is nominated this year for his book The American Boy published by Harper Collins.
Short biography by Chris High
A review of 'The American Boy' by Chris High

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Writing gets me away for a while' from this world and into one where I, alone, can make or
break the rules as I see fit.” - Chris High 2003.
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