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Open Book in Edinburgh - Crime Writing with Val McDermid, Abir Mukherjee and Lucy Ribchester

Mariella Frostrup investigates crime writing from the heart of the Edinburgh Festival. Crime today ranges from psychological thrillers to so-called Cosy Crime whodunnits. With more choice than ever before, why are writers still drawn to expanding and re-inventing the genre and what’s its appeal for readers? Mariella is joined by doyenne of the genre, Val McDermid, who publishes her thirtieth novel Out of Bounds this month. Her cold case investigator DCI Karen Pirie returns with gusto to discover the truth behind complex questions of family and identity. Also on stage are two relative newcomers in the field. Lucy Ribchester whose novel The Amber Shadows is a thrilling, mystery adventure set in the secret world of Bletchley Park and Abir Mukherjee's A Rising Man takes us to steamy Calcutta at the time of the British Raj.


Further reading: the best books to inspire compassion

From Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life to a manifesto by Elif Shafak … Christie Watson explores kin...

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Byron Lane on Being Carrie Fisher’s Personal Assistant

Byron Lane’s novel, A Star is Bored, is available now from Henry Holt. We asked him questions about...

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10 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

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Yearning for My Grandmother Muriel Rukeyser (and Grappling With Her Legacy)

I saw my grandmother on Twitter again today. She died five years before I was born, but pictures of ...

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A Good Read: Tracey Thorn and Maggie O' Farrell talk favourite books

Harriet Gilbert invites singer Tracy Thorne and writer Maggie O'Farrell to choose a book.

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Look Again by David Bailey review – girls, camera, action

The fashion photographer and documenter of 60s London looks back in the company of old friends and l...

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