Recorded live at HIF’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
Alumni of Val McDermid’s New Blood panels from years past tell us how it went with their second books – and their third, fourth and fifth.
Liam McIlvanney appeared in 2010 with All the Colours of the Town acclaimed by Val as, ‘authentic, atmospheric and ambitious.’ Kate Rhodes’ Crossbones Yard was picked in 2012, with Val praising the ‘fresh voice of the protagonist’.
Eva Dolan was a 2014 New Blood for Long Way Home. Val described her first standalone This is how it Ends as ‘imbued with passion.’ A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee in the class of 2016, was hailed as ‘One of the most exciting debut novels I’ve read in years.’ Voracious reader, Lee Child, chairs.
What Happened Next was recorded live at Harrogate International Festivals’ Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in July 2019.
Abir Mukherjee’s book Smoke and Ashes has been shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year 2020. Vote for Smoke and Ashes, and discover the shortlist here.
Podcast music by Joseph McDade.