Publishers are paying writers a pittance

An interesting article from the Guardian 27/06/18 Philip Pullman, Antony Beevor and Sally Gardner are calling on publishers to increase payments to authors, after a survey of more than 5,500 professional writers revealed a dramatic fall in the number able to make a living from their work. The latest report by the Authors’ Licensing and […]

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Top Writers Choose Their Perfect Crime

Reprinted from The Guardian 28/04/18 On Beulah Height by Reginald Hill Val McDermid This is the perfect crime novel. It’s beautifully written – elegiac, emotionally intelligent, evocative of the landscape and history that holds its characters in thrall – and its clever plotting delivers a genuine shock. There’s intellectual satisfaction in working out a plot […]

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Why thrillers are leaving other books for dead

Taken From The Guardian 15/04/18 For years, crime fiction titles have topped the bestseller lists and library lending tables. That sales of the genre have now overtaken general fiction, as revealed at the London Book Fair last week, comes as no surprise to its readers, practitioners, critics and industry professionals. We’ve always recognised its reach, […]

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Val McDermid on Trump and Treasure Island

The author on poetry for Donald Trump, the crime novel that most influenced her – and why she wishes that she had written Treasure Island The book I am currently reading I am one of the judges for this year’s Man Booker prize, so it would be extremely indiscreet of me to reveal what I’m […]

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Audiobooks Are Like Buses…

Hot on the heals of releasing Red Red Wine on audiobook (see this Blog 10/01/18), One Last Lesson will be published in audiobook form in a few days time, 08/02/18. One Last Lesson is the first book in the DI Henderson series and being a bit shorter than Red Red Wine in audiobook terms, (8 […]

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Top 10 books about the Scottish Highlands and Islands

I could resist posting this – by Kerry Andrew from the Guardian, 07/10/18. I’ve been obsessed with the Scottish Highlands and Islands since first going there on a family holiday at the age of 10. Its remote, rugged landscape has pulled me back most years since, whether to stay in the remote Moor of Rannoch […]

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