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An Evening with Val McDermid and Chris Hammer in Edinburgh

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Join bestselling Queen of Crime Val McDermid and debut Australian crime writer Chris Hammer as they discuss their work and latest novels, Broken Ground and Scrublands.

Dubbed the Queen of psychological thrillers, Val McDermid has sold over 15 million books to date and is translated into over 40 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 written three other series: private detective Kate Brannigan, journalist Lindsay Gordon and, most recently, cold case detective Karen Pirie. She has also published several award-winning standalone novels, two books of non-fiction and a children’s picture book, My Granny is a Pirate.
A major launch in Australia in July 2018, Scrublands was the number one bestselling novel there for many weeks and has been longlisted in the UK for The John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award by The Crime Writers Association.
Val McDermid has picked it as one of her debut books of the year and Chris will be appearing on her prestigious NEW BLOOD panel at the 2019 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
Chris Hammer has been a journalist in Australia for over 25 years. He has been an international correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline, the chief political correspondent for The Bulletin and a senior political journalist for The Age. His 2010 non-fiction book, The River, was born from his exploration of Australia’s largest river system, the Murray-Darling (more than a million square kilometres), during the summer of 2008-09 at the height of the worst drought in Australia’s recorded history. It went on to win the ACT Book of the Year Award & was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award & the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award.
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