Val McDermid

photo courtesy of Fraser Rice

Val McDermid has sold over 15 million books to date and is translated into over 30 languages.   She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green. She has won countless awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011 and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. In 2012 she became a Celebrity Mastermind champion. In 2016 she received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction award at the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Harrogate Crime Festival and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Val 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 – the first from a Scottish state school to do so – before going on to be an award winning journalist for sixteen years. Her first novel was published in 1987.  She is a lifelong Raith Rovers Football Club supporter and in 2011 was appointed as a Director on the board. Val’s other loves in life include walking on the beach, cars and music.

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