Val McDermid and Jane Harper

Val McDermid and Jane Harper

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Val McDermid and Jane Harper

21 February 2023 – 28 February 2023

Join bestselling authors Val McDermid and Jane Harper, in conversation with Sam Baker to celebrate the publications of their newest books 1989 and Exiles.

1989 and Allie Burns is back. Older and maybe wiser, she's running the northern news operation of the Sunday Globe, chafing at losing her role in investigative journalism and at the descent into the gutter of the UK tabloid media.

The world of newspapers is undergoing a revolution, there's skulduggery in the medical research labs and there are seismic rumblings behind the Iron Curtain. When kidnap and murder are added to this potent mix, Allie is forced to question everything she thought she knew…

The publication of 1989 sees Val at her heart-pounding, gripping best. In this follow up to the critically acclaimed first instalment of the Allie Burns series, we see the return of the formidable journalist intwined in a newly gripping crime mystery.

At a busy festival, on a warm spring night, a baby lies alone in her pram, waiting for a mother who will never return.

One year on, the young woman’s disappearance casts a long shadow over friends and loved ones in the small rural community. When federal investigator Aaron Falk arrives in the South Australian wine country town for a family celebration, he begins to suspect that this tight-knit group may be more fractured than it seems. Sometimes it takes an outsider to find the truth…

Jane’s incredibly atmospheric storytelling returns in Exiles to chart the final investigation of Aaron Falk. This riveting new novel explores memory, responsibility, and the effect of mounting pressures on a small rural community. In conversation with Sam for this incredibly special virtual event, award-winning authors Val and Jane will discuss their incredible careers and the challenges and joys of writing their newest books. Don’t miss this outstanding event!

Dates, Venues & Times
  • 21 February 2023
  • 18:30
  • Online Stream

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