|Born||4 Juin 1955|
Kirkcaudy, Fife, Scotland
Biographie[eedit | eedit soorce]
Efter graduatin she became a jurnalist an began her leeterar career as a dramatist. She furthset her furst novelle, Report for Murder: The First Lindsay Gordon Mystery in 1987.
She wis gien an honorary doctorate frae the Varsity o Sunderland in 2011. She cofoondit the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival an the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, pairt o the Harrogate International Festivals. In 2016 she led a team o St. Hilda's alumnae tae win the Christmas University Challenge.
As o 2009, she sponsors the McDermid Stand in Stark's Park, the groonds ae Raith Rovers in Kirkcaldy. This wis tae honour her faither wha wis a scoot fur the club. A year later, she jynt the buird o the club, an in 2014 her wabsteid became the team's sark sponsor.
Wirk[eedit | eedit soorce]
McDermid's scrievings faw intae fower series: Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, Tony Hill an Carol Jordan, an Inspector Karen Pirie. The Mermaids Singing, the furst beuk o the Hill/Jordan series, wan the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger awaird fur Best Crime Novel of the Year. The Hill/Jordan series has been adaptit intae a telly series, kent as Wire in the Blood. Her novelles, particularly the Tony Hill beuks, ur kenned fur their graphic depictions o violence an tortur.
McDermid has said Jacko Vance, a TV celebrity wi a saicret cravin fur tortur, murther an unnerage quines, wha featurt in Wire in the Blood an twa later beuks, is based oan her ain experience o speirn Jimmy Saville.
McDermind considers her wirk tae be pairt o the tartain noir subgrenre o Scots crime fiction. As weel as scrievin novelles, McDermid contributes tae mony British newspapers an aften braidcasts oan BBC Radio 4 an BBC Radio Scotland.
Ink atteck[eedit | eedit soorce]
Oan 6 December 2012 a wumman threw ink ower McDermid durin an event at the Varsity o Sunderland. McDermid wis pittin her name tae beuks, an a wumman asked her tae pit her name tae a Top of the Pops annual wi Jimmy Saville oan the cover. Thou laith, McDermid pit her name tae the annual, efter that the wumman pulled oot a bottle o ink an thraw it oan her afore rinnin frae the room. Nanetheless, McDermid vowed tae continue her witterins.
Sandra Botham, a 64-year-auld wumman frae the Hedon aurie o Sunderland, wis arreistit on suspicion o assaut. Botham wis chairged wi common assaut oan 10 Julie 2013,  gat a 12-month community sentence wi owerins an wis makit tae pey £50 assythment an a £60 victim surchairge. She wis gien a restrainin order baurrin her frae contactin McDermid fur an undefined time period. The Northern Echo reportit that Botham actit acause o McDermid's 1994 non-fiction book, A Suitable Job for a Woman, that Botham claimed mirkit her an her family.
Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]
In 2010 McDermid, wha is gay, wis bidin atween Northumberland an Manchester wi furthsetter Kelly Smith, wha she haed entered a civil pairtnership wi in 2006. She foregane bade in Stockport an Northumberland wi threy cats[deid airtin] and a border terrier dug. Syne early 2014 she has lived in Stockport and Edinburgh.
In 2016, McDermid led a team o crime writers oan quiz shaw Eggheads, beatin the Eggheads an winnin £14,000.
Bibliographie[eedit | eedit soorce]
Lindsay Gordon series[eedit | eedit soorce]
- Report for Murder (1987)
- Common Murder (1989)
- Final Edition (1991) US Titles: Open and Shut, Deadline for Murder
- Union Jack (1993), US Title: Conferences Are Murder
- Booked for Murder (1996)
- Hostage to Murder (2003)
Kate Brannigan series[eedit | eedit soorce]
- Dead Beat (1992)
- Kick Back (1993)
- Crack Down (1994)
- Clean Break (1995)
- Blue Genes (1996)
- Star Struck (1998) (awairded Grand Prix des Romans d’Aventure in 1998)
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series[eedit | eedit soorce]
- The Mermaids Singing (1995) (Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year in 1995)
- The Wire in the Blood (1997)
- The Last Temptation (2002)
- The Torment of Others (2004)
- Beneath the Bleeding (2007)
- Fever of the Bone (2009)
- The Retribution (2011)
- Cross and Burn (2013)
- Splinter the Silence (2015)
- Insidious Intent (2017)
- How the Dead Speak (2019)
Inspector Karen Pirie series[eedit | eedit soorce]
- The Distant Echo (2003)
- A Darker Domain (2008)
- The Skeleton Road (2014)
- Out of Bounds (2016)
- Broken Ground (2018)
- Still Life (2020)
The Austen Project[eedit | eedit soorce]
- Northanger Abbey (2014)
Other books[eedit | eedit soorce]
- The Writing on the Wall (1997); short stories, limited edition of 200 copies
- A Place of Execution (1999)
- Killing the Shadows (2000)
- Stranded (2005); short stories
- Cleanskin (2006)
- The Grave Tattoo (2006)
- Trick of the Dark (2010) dedicated tae Mary Bennett (1913-2003) & Kathy Vaughan Wilkes (1946-2003)
- The Vanishing Point (2012)
Children's books[eedit | eedit soorce]
- My Granny is a Pirate (2012)
Non-fiction[eedit | eedit soorce]
- A Suitable Job for a Woman (1995)
- Bodies of Evidence (2014)
- Forensics – The Anatomy of Crime (2014)
- Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime (2015)
References[eedit | eedit soorce]
- "Dr Val McDermid – English, 1972". St Hilda's College, Oxford. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
- Nicholas Wroe. "Val McDermid: a life in writing", The Guardian, 12 August 2011.
- "I never spook myself, says top Scots crime writer Val McDermid". Daily Record. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
- "Queen of crime in stadium thriller". University of Sunderland News and Events. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "Congratulations to St Hilda's Alumnae Team on their Christmas University Challenge Victory". St Hilda's College, Oxford. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
- "RSE Welcomes 60 New Fellows" (Press release). Royal Society of Edinburgh. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- Natasha Onwuemezi, "Rankin, McDermid and Levy named new RSL fellows", The Bookseller, 7 June 2017.
- "Dining In The Streets Of Raith". valmcdermid.com. Archived frae the oreeginal on 4 Januar 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
- Burnside, Anna (2 September 2016). "Straight-talking Val McDermid lifts lid on her latest novel and why she's the badass woman of the week". Daily Record. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
- "I based psycho on Jimmy Savile, says writer Val McDermid". The Daily Record. 28 October 2012.
- "Val McDermid – News & Events – Round the World". ValMcDermid.com. Archived frae the oreeginal on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 9 Julie 2007.
- "Val McDermid – Biography". ValMcDermid.com. Archived frae the oreeginal on 5 Julie 2007. Retrieved 9 Julie 2007.
- "Author Val McDermid to carry on signings after attack". Journal Live. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- "Author Val McDermid assaulted at Sunderland book signing". Journal Live. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- "Woman denies attack on crime writer at Sunderland talk". Sunderland Echo. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- Liz Bury, "Reader convicted for Val McDermid ink assault", The Guardian, 10 July 2013.
- "Widow who attacked Scottish author Val McDermid with ink is given a restraining order". Daily Record. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "Val McDermid ink attacker given restraining order". BBC News. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "Pensioner in court over vendetta with crime writer Val McDermid", The Northern Echo, 9 July 2013, Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- Totaro, P. (2010) "Death becomes her". The Sydney Morning Herald (August 21, 2010). Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Wroe, N. (2011) "Val McDermid: a life in writing". The Guardian (13/08/20111) Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Flockhart, Susan (May 2004). "Murder In Mind". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 18 July 2007.
- "Welcome to Val McDermid's website..." Val McDermid official website.
- Val McDermid (5 April 2016). "Scotland is now a place where you can be glad to be gay". The Guardian.
- Stuart Macdonald, "Author Val McDermid gets married to long-term partner Jo Sharp", Daily Record, 25 October 2016.
- "Val McDermid marries partner in Edinburgh", Edinburgh News, 24 October 2016.
- Doug Johnstone (27 May 2016). "We Beat the Eggheads!".
- "Val McDermid - Crime and reason". 2008.
- "Interview: It can be murder, but Val McDermid's love of Raith is no mystery". 2010.
- Sally Rowena Munt (1994). Murder by the Book: Feminism and the Crime Novel. Routledge. p. 67. ISBN 0415109191.
- Val McDermid: British Council Literature. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- St. Hilda;s College: Dr Val McDermid - English, 1972. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- "Shortlist for Theakston's Crime Novel of the year Award 2009". digyorkshire.com. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
- "How the Dead Speak". David Higham Associates (in Inglis). Retrieved 2019-01-19.
- Orchard Books. ISBN 978-1-40830-927-8.
- "Forensics – The Anatomy of Crime". Val McDermid official website.