Val McDermid

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Val McDermid
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Born (1955-06-04) 4 Juin 1955 (age 65)
Kirkcaudy, Fife, Scotland
NaitionalityScots
GenreCrime feection
Wabsteid
www.valmcdermid.com

Val McDermid FRSE, FRSL (born 4 Juin 1955) is a Scots crime writer, best ken fur her suspense novelles featurin Dr. Tony Hill.

Biographie[eedit | eedit soorce]

McDermind wis born intae a wirkin-cless family in Fife. She studied Inglis at St. Hilda's College, Oxford,[1] whaur she wis the furst scholart tae come frae a Scots state schuil.[2]

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.[3]

She wis gien an honorary doctorate frae the Varsity o Sunderland in 2011.[4] 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.[5]

In 2017, McDermid wis electit as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh[6] an a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature forby.[7]

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.[8] A year later, she jynt the buird o the club, an in 2014 her wabsteid became the team's sark sponsor.[9]

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.[10]

McDermind considers her wirk tae be pairt o the tartain noir subgrenre o Scots crime fiction.[11] As weel as scrievin novelles, McDermid contributes tae mony British newspapers an aften braidcasts oan BBC Radio 4 an BBC Radio Scotland.[12]

Ink atteck[eedit | eedit soorce]

Oan 6 December 2012 a wumman threw ink ower McDermid durin an event at the Varsity o Sunderland.[13] 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.[13] Nanetheless, McDermid vowed tae continue her witterins.[14]

Sandra Botham, a 64-year-auld wumman frae the Hedon aurie o Sunderland, wis arreistit on suspicion o assaut.[14][15] Botham wis chairged wi common assaut oan 10 Julie 2013, [16] gat a 12-month community sentence wi owerins an wis makit tae pey £50 assythment an a £60 victim surchairge.[17] She wis gien a restrainin order baurrin her frae contactin McDermid fur an undefined time period.[18] 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.[19]

Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 2010 McDermid, wha is gay, wis bidin atween Northumberland an Manchester wi furthsetter Kelly Smith,[20] wha she haed entered a civil pairtnership wi in 2006.[21] She foregane bade in Stockport an Northumberland wi threy cats[22][deid airtin] and a border terrier dug. Syne early 2014 she has lived in Stockport and Edinburgh.[23][24]

On 23 October 2016, McDermid waddit Jo Sharp, a professor o geographie at the Varsity o Glesga an McDermid's pairtner o twa year.[25][26]

In 2016, McDermid led a team o crime writers oan quiz shaw Eggheads, beatin the Eggheads an winnin £14,000.[27]

McDermid is a radical feminist an socialist.[28][29] She has pit feminism intae some o her novelles.[30]

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)[31]

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)[32]
  • The Wire in the Blood (1997)
  • The Last Temptation (2002)
  • The Torment of Others (2004)
  • Beneath the Bleeding (2007)[33]
  • Fever of the Bone (2009)
  • The Retribution (2011)
  • Cross and Burn (2013)
  • Splinter the Silence (2015)
  • Insidious Intent (2017)
  • How the Dead Speak (2019)[34]

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)[35]

Non-fiction[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • A Suitable Job for a Woman (1995)
  • Bodies of Evidence (2014)
  • Forensics – The Anatomy of Crime (2014)[36]
  • Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime (2015)

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Dr Val McDermid – English, 1972". St Hilda's College, Oxford. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  2. Nicholas Wroe. "Val McDermid: a life in writing", The Guardian, 12 August 2011.
  3. "I never spook myself, says top Scots crime writer Val McDermid". Daily Record. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  4. "Queen of crime in stadium thriller". University of Sunderland News and Events. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  5. "Congratulations to St Hilda's Alumnae Team on their Christmas University Challenge Victory". St Hilda's College, Oxford. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  6. "RSE Welcomes 60 New Fellows" (Press release). Royal Society of Edinburgh. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  7. Natasha Onwuemezi, "Rankin, McDermid and Levy named new RSL fellows", The Bookseller, 7 June 2017.
  8. "Dining In The Streets Of Raith". valmcdermid.com. Archived frae the oreeginal on 4 Januar 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  9. 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.
  10. "I based psycho on Jimmy Savile, says writer Val McDermid". The Daily Record. 28 October 2012.
  11. "Val McDermid – News & Events – Round the World". ValMcDermid.com. Archived frae the oreeginal on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 9 Julie 2007.
  12. "Val McDermid – Biography". ValMcDermid.com. Archived frae the oreeginal on 5 Julie 2007. Retrieved 9 Julie 2007.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Author Val McDermid to carry on signings after attack". Journal Live. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Author Val McDermid assaulted at Sunderland book signing". Journal Live. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  15. "Woman denies attack on crime writer at Sunderland talk". Sunderland Echo. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  16. Liz Bury, "Reader convicted for Val McDermid ink assault", The Guardian, 10 July 2013.
  17. "Widow who attacked Scottish author Val McDermid with ink is given a restraining order". Daily Record. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  18. "Val McDermid ink attacker given restraining order". BBC News. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  19. "Pensioner in court over vendetta with crime writer Val McDermid", The Northern Echo, 9 July 2013, Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  20. Totaro, P. (2010) "Death becomes her". The Sydney Morning Herald (August 21, 2010). Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  21. Wroe, N. (2011) "Val McDermid: a life in writing". The Guardian (13/08/20111) Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  22. Flockhart, Susan (May 2004). "Murder In Mind". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 18 July 2007.
  23. "Welcome to Val McDermid's website..." Val McDermid official website.
  24. Val McDermid (5 April 2016). "Scotland is now a place where you can be glad to be gay". The Guardian.
  25. Stuart Macdonald, "Author Val McDermid gets married to long-term partner Jo Sharp", Daily Record, 25 October 2016.
  26. "Val McDermid marries partner in Edinburgh", Edinburgh News, 24 October 2016.
  27. Doug Johnstone (27 May 2016). "We Beat the Eggheads!".
  28. "Val McDermid - Crime and reason". 2008.
  29. "Interview: It can be murder, but Val McDermid's love of Raith is no mystery". 2010.
  30. Sally Rowena Munt (1994). Murder by the Book: Feminism and the Crime Novel. Routledge. p. 67. ISBN 0415109191.
  31. Val McDermid: British Council Literature. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  32. St. Hilda;s College: Dr Val McDermid - English, 1972. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  33. "Shortlist for Theakston's Crime Novel of the year Award 2009". digyorkshire.com. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  34. "How the Dead Speak". David Higham Associates (in Inglis). Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  35. Orchard Books. ISBN 978-1-40830-927-8.
  36. "Forensics – The Anatomy of Crime". Val McDermid official website.