Cultural Life: Val McDermid, Crime writer
Saturday 06 October 2012
Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan – I enjoyed the time-machine trip back to the early 1970s. Rubbernecker, by Belinda Bauer, isn't out till January, but it's definitely one of the best crime novels I've read in a while. The central character is a young man with Asperger's which gives a distinctive tilt to the narrative. Also The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson – the tension never lets up.
Moneyball. We're baseball fans in our house but I don't think that matters ; this is a movie about the economics and practicalities of team-building, where Brad Pitt gets to be the guy with integrity and guts. We went to The Hunger Games expecting to be disappointed – but we weren't.
I recently saw Manchester Lines by Jackie Kay, a site-specific production in a Manchester office block. Set in a left-luggage office, it was an interweaving of lives and destinies.
Chris Close's exhibition of author photographs at the Edinburgh International Book Festival was joyous and made me look again at the faces of writers I know. (Myself included...)
Bad Sugar, Only Connect, Hunderby, A Touch of Cloth, University Challenge, The Great British Bake-Off, Accused.
'The Vanishing Point' by Val McDermid is out now
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Mario Balotelli: Staff at arson-hit Manchester Dogs' Home convinced Liverpool striker is behind five-figure donation
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 The response to my Pizza Express review has been overwhelming, and taught me a lot about journalism
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams cast in Channel 4 drama about cyber bullying
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' music video is just a load of butts
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
The Walking Dead season 5 synopsis: Spoilers and existential questions revealed
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes