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Val McDermid


Nominated Title: The Torment Of Others
Publisher: Harper Collins

'The Torment Of Others' - review


Val McDermid is one the nation’s foremost, respected and most popular authors, with a proud back catalogue of best selling novels that outweighs just about everybody else in her field.

Report For Murder was published in 1987 and Val has never looked back. With many of her novels being adapted for TV - the most notable of which, Wire In The Blood, stars Robson Green and Hermione Norris as psychologist Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan – she now has 22 novels to her name, reports regularly for national newspapers and is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 4 programs.

Val is also a keen enthusiast of the short story and became Editor of the Save Our Short Story Campaign which aimed to give the short story a higher prestige and profile. So popular was the campaign, that the anthology attracted contributions from authors of the standing of Stella Duffy and Finn Clark.

Val also recently contributed the storyline for BBC Radio 3’s Lost In Liverpool project, which saw six new playwrights to radio get their work produced on nationally.
Acting as Chair for the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival for its two previous years, Val McDermid stepped down last year but still remains actively involved in its overall organisation

She has a son and divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland.

www.valmcdermid.com

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Other nominations for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 06

  Martin Edwards: twice nominated for CWA Daggers, his nomination for the Theakston's Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival is for his Lake District Mystery, The Coffin Trail published by Allison & Busby. .
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Coffin Trail' by Chris High

  Susan Hill: award-winning author was first published in 1961 and is nominated for her book The Various Haunts of Men published by Long Barn Books.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Various Haunts Of Men' by Chris High

  Lindsay Ashford: since becoming published in 2003 her career has marched on from strength to strength and is nominated for only her second novel, Strange Blood.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Strange Blood' by Chris High

  Stephen Booth: journalist for over twenty-five years wrote his first novel at the age of 12. He is nominated for his book One Last Breath published by Harper Collins.
Short biography by Chris High

Review of 'One Last Breath' by Chris High

  Ian Rankin: best known for his Inspector Rebus novels, which are mainly set in Edinburgh is nominated for his book Fleshmarket Close published by Orion.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Fleshmarket Close' by Chris High
  
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