An Evening with Val McDermid

19:00, 04 Jun

Blackwell's and Assembly Roxy are delighted to be hosting the launch of My Scotland, Val McDermid's personal journey through Scotland.

Number one bestselling author Val McDermid takes readers to the landscapes she has known all her life, and the places where her stories and characters reside. Accompanied by over 100 stunning photographs, this remarkable book uncovers Val's own Scotland in all its glory - from the iconic Isle of Skye to the majestic streets of Edinburgh; from the undiscovered hideaways of the Highlands to the wild and untamed Jura.

Featuring excerpts from Val McDermid's bestselling novels and charting Karen Pirie's Fife to Lindsay Gordon's Glasgow, My Scotland is an unforgettable and uniquely personal journey through the life and writing of one of Scotland’s best loved writers.

Dubbed the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid has sold over 16 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

Val was born in Kirkcaldy, a coastal town in the heart of the Scottish mining community. She graduated in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford - the first from a Scottish state school to do so - before going on to be an award winning journalist for sixteen years. Her first novel was published in 1987. She is a lifelong Raith Rovers Football Club supporter and her other loves in life include walking, music, gaming and cooking. She writes full time and divides her time between Edinburgh and Cheshire.

‘There is nothing more gratifying than watching a master craftswoman at work, and she is on fine form here’

The Observer


‘Another stellar read from McDermid, and further evidence that her Queen of Crime status will not be challenged’

The Scotsman


‘So gripping it puts your life on hold’

The Times

‘As intelligent and chillingly good as ever’

Good Housekeeping

‘The real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers; no one can plot or tell a story like she can’

Daily Express

‘Quite literally unputdownable’

Irish Independent 

‘McDermid’s novels about cold cases have solid plots and fascinating forensic detail’

Sunday Times

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