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Val McDermid '1979'

in session with Fiona Lindsay
Thu 2 Sep 2021
Main Stage, Theatre Royal


Tickets from: £20.00 (no Friends’ discount)
Evenings: 7.30pm
Running time: 1hr 50mins (including interval)

A book signing will take place after the performance. Purchase a copy of Val McDermid’s new thriller 1979 – see below for more details

The Queen of Crime Val McDermid joins Fiona Lindsay in session to discuss 1979, the unmissable first thriller in her electrifying brand-new series.
An era-defining masterpiece, this atmospheric heart-pounding novel is Val McDermid’s 35th novel and the start of her first new series in almost twenty years.

1979. It is the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. There are few women in the newsroom, and she needs something explosive for the boys’ club to take her seriously. Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies – and Allie won’t stop there. When she discovers a home-grown terrorist threat, Allie comes up with a plan to infiltrate the group and make her name. But she’s a woman in a man’s world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal.

Offering an exclusive insight into the world of 1979, Val will take Fiona on location to Glasgow, to the heart of the city which has provided the setting and a wealth of inspiration for her new thriller.  The live discussion will delve into what has moved Val to write her new series, which introduces Allie Burns, an unforgettable protagonist whose career will be plotted over five books, each set a decade apart, and she will read some of her favourite passages from the book aloud.  There will also be an opportunity to ask Val your questions about her incredible career, her creative processes, and her advice on what makes a truly gripping thriller.

A multi-award winning and number one bestselling author, who has sold over 17 million copies worldwide, Val’s incredible storytelling has gained fans all over the world.  Her remarkable writing spans stage, radio, and screen as well as books with a second series of Traces for BBC One and an ITV adaptation of the new drama Karen Pirie, based on Val’s eponymous series character, going into production later this year.   She is also lead singer of the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, possibly the only band made up of crime writers ever to play at Glastonbury.

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