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    14:30 - Val McDermid: The Winter of Our Discontent

    Val McDermid: The Winter of Our Discontent

    The fan club for Val McDermid’s books just keeps growing – lapping up each new novel featuring either DCI Karen Pirie or Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. But whether you’re an old hand or new to McDermid’s work, there’s something special this August. 1979 kicks off her first new series for twenty years, and she launches it at the Book Festival. 'I started my career in 1977 as a journalist in Glasgow and the misogyny, fear and sectarianism in the newsroom at the Daily Record was staggering,' says McDermid.

    Those experiences provide inspiration for 1979, in which young journalist Allie Burns is on the hunt for a career-changing story only to find one uncomfortably close to home. With her youthful journalism partner Danny found murdered, Allie is left without an ally in the newsroom. In that hard-bitten man’s world, nobody is to be trusted. 

    14:30 - Val McDermid: The Winter of Our Discontent