Val McDermid: Scotland's Queen of Crime

What better way to begin The Tartan Noir Show than with The Queen of Crime, Val McDermid? Theresa Talbot talks to Val about her new book, which is not about crime and death, but about hope! 'Imagine a Country' is a collection of essays by prominent Scots, edited by Val and geographer, Jo Sharp. But, not straying from crime fiction for too long, Val and Theresa discuss the Godfather of Tartan Noir - the influential William McIlvanney, and his Laidlaw trilogy. We also hear William’s son, author, Liam McIlvanney, in conversation with broadcaster, Janice Forsyth, after he’d won the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year for The Quaker, at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival.

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