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Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Penny Smith

Coming Up Next
by Penny Smith

A darkly comic novel about the fall and rise of a TV presenter. Written by an insider, it’s a knowing, insightful and page-turning account of life on the sofa and in front of the cameras.

Katie Fisher, returns from holiday to discover that she has been publicly sacked as TV anchor of Hello Britain!, and replaced by a vacant but ambitious pert young thing. She does what any self-respecting thirty something would do in the circumstances - makes a dash for her parents’ home and hits the bottle.

When she eventually faces the world she must confront photographers and the back-stage intrigue of morning TV, including cut-throat producers and ambitious colleagues. Is Mike, her former co-host, a trustworthy friend or just another one of the many back-stabbers? As things hit rock-bottom for Kate, she discovers that humour is her only weapon – and may just provide the perfect solution for life after the sofa.

The Author
Penny Smith has worked as a journalist and a TV presenter. She has presented GMTV News Hour since 1993 and has also worked for Sky News and Classic FM. She has a regular newspaper column. Coming Up Next is her first novel.

Portrait photograph of author Edward Docx

A Darker Domain
by Val McDermid

This superb new psychological thriller from bestselling author Val McDermid mixes fiction with one of the most exceptional moments in recent history – the national miners’ strike.

It seemed an unsolvable mystery at the time: a wealthy heiress and son kidnapped in Fife, then a botched payoff, leaving her dead with no trace of the child. So when, over twenty-five years later, a possible clue is discovered by a journalist in Tuscany, cold case expert DI Karen Pirie doesn't hold much hope of unravelling the infamous enigma.

She's already investigating a case from the same year. At the height of the miners’ strike, Mick Prentice broke ranks to join 'scab' strike-breakers down south. But new evidence suggests Mick's disappearance may not be straightforward. Karen's investigations take her into a dark domain.

The Author
Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community until being accepted to Oxford at only 17. She was a journalist for sixteen years but now writes full time, winning international acclaim and a number of prestigious awards. Her crime thrillers have been adapted for the television series Wire in the Blood starring, Robson Green and Hermione Norris. She divides her time between South Manchester and Northumberland and has a son and three cats.

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