Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire.
Praise for Northanger Abbey:
'Val McDermid's brilliant re-working of Jane Austen's original
shows that innocent, bookish girls in thrall to the supernatural
have changed surprisingly little in two centuries. Witty and
shrewd, full of romance and skulduggery - I loved it.'
'Brilliant... I was utterly charmed by this newfangled Austen
and look forward eagerly to Alexander McCall Smith's Emma'
John Sutherland, Financial Times
'Funny and brilliantly written' Jenny Colgan, Guardian
'Northanger Abbey is funny, clever, subversive and Scottish. No
bonnets - all brio'
'I picked up Northanger Abbey one evening and didn't stop reading until I'd finished it. It's an exquisitely realised tale of the uncertainty and brutality of teenage years told with the lightness of touch and humour that Val is famous for. Utter brilliance from McDermid' SUSAN CALMAN
'McDermid's reworking of the original novel is intelligent, amusing and well-written... captures beautifully how it feels to be a teenager... McDermid is a subtle and witty writer and it's hard to imagine a better evocation of the spirit of the original.' THE TIMES
'A fun rendering... McDermid's Abbey, with its passageways and dark corners, is fantastic, and this novel is a lark.' SUNDAY TIMES
'McDermid's great virtue is to have made Austen's characters seem fresh in the way they would have been for her first readers... I can imagine Jane herself applauding.' SUNDAY EXPRESS
'Note perfect... breezy, vital, inventive... Her obvious pleasure in the task is as contagious as Austen's wit.' THE SCOTSMAN
Praise for The Austen Project:
'The Austen Project is a breathtaking tribute to Jane Austen. I can't wait to read the other five "updates" while being reminded to reread, joyfully, the originals' Washington Post