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
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians