Val McDermid The first in a brand new series of novels introducing Allie Burns, set at pivotal moments of the past four decades… 1979. It is the winter of discontent and ambitious young journalist Allie Burns is on the hunt for the story that will change her career. The only woman working the Glasgow newsdesk, she needs a ground-breaking scoop for the boy's club to take her seriously. Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies – and Allie won’t stop there. After all, she is a woman in a man's world and nobody can be trusted. Chaired by Steph Finnon BBC Newcastle This is the Queen of Crime at her heart-pounding, gripping best… 'McDermid remains unrivalled . . . brilliant' Observer 'Her Queen of Crime status will not be challenged' Scotsman 'Brilliant . . . sensational . . . unforgettable' Guardian Book Now Booking Information Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Tuesday 19th April. Tickets go on general sale from Thursday 21st April. Please note that a handling charge of 50p per ticket applies to bookings made in person or over the phone. No handling charges apply to online bookings. Hearing loops are available. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book (booking fees will not apply).