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
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awardsTheatre
Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
Better Call Saul creator Peter Gould on the creative concerns of a prequel, season 2 and the mind-numbing realities of the small courts
Game of Thrones season 5: Emilia Clarke praises characters who 'accept their femininity'
Britain's Got Talent 2015: RSPCA investigating Marc Metral's miming dog after cruelty complaints
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Glastonbury 2015 tickets: How to make sure you’re successful in Sunday's re-sale
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate