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Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Val McDermid

by Val McDermid

The Author

Val McDermid grew up in Kirkcaldy, read English at Oxford and then went into journalism. Her bestselling novels have sold over 10 million copies and won many awards, including the CWA Gold Dagger for the best crime novel of the year. Val divides her year between writing and promoting her work at home and abroad. When in the UK she spends her time in South Manchester and Northumberland and lives with her wife, son and the family dog.

Praise for Val McDermid

' of the world's finest crime writers, McDermid is currently at the top of her game.'
Glasgow Herald

'a breathtaking tribute to Jane Austen. I can't wait to read the other five 'updates' (in the Austen Project), while being reminded to reread, joyfully, the originals.'
Washington Post

The Plot

In this modern re-imagining of the classic novel of the same name, a sheltered and bored seenteen year old Cat accepts her neighbours' invitation to leave Dorset for the summer to enjoy the Festival in Edinburgh. There she signs up for a Highland dance class and meets the dark-eyed Henry Tilney. She also makes a friend in Bella Thorpe, who shares her passion for supernatural novels. But with Bella comes her brother John, an obnoxious banker whose vulgar behaviour seems designed to thwart Cat's growing fondness for Henry.

Happily, rescue is at hand. The rigidly formal General Tilney invites Cat to stay at the family home, Northanger, with son Henry and daughter Eleanor.

Cat's imagination runs riot: an ancient abbey, crumbling turrets, secret chambers, ghosts…and Henry! What could be more deliciously romantic? But Cat gets far more than she bargained for in this isolated corner of the Scottish countryside.

Portrait photograph of author Sadie Jones

by Sadie Jones

The Author

Sadie Jones is the author of three previous novels. She won the Costa First Novel Award with her debut The Outcast, and was also a finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction. The novel was selected as a Richard and Judy Summer Read. Sadie Jones' second novel, Small Wars published in 2009 was set in Cyprus in the mid 50's and was inspired by the war in Afghanistan. Her best selling third novel, The Uninvited Guests was published in 2012. Daughter of an actress and a Jamaican poet, Sadie was born in London where she now lives with her family.

Praise for Sadie Jones

'She writes with simmering intensity... Jones uses small, startling phrases to convey depths of passion and information and she can make seemingly innocuous passages radiate beauty.'
Sunday Telegraph

The Plot

Fallout tells the story of four young friends trying to forge their way in 1970s theatre world, fuelled by ambition, love and betrayal.

Luke is a young playwright: intense, magnetic, fleeing a disastrous upbringing in the North East. Arriving in London, he meets Paul Driscoll, an aspiring producer, and beautiful, fiery Leigh Radley. The three set up a radical theatre company, living and working closely together in smokey flats and damp rehearsal rooms.

Nina is a fragile actress, bullied by her mother and in thrall to a controlling producer

When Luke and Nina's paths collide, their relationship threatens to destroy everything Luke has fought for. As he ricochets between honesty and deceit, the promise of the future and his own painful past, suddenly the fallout threatens to be immense.

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