TWO AUTHORS FROM KIRKCALDY
Val Mc Dermid
Val Mc Dermid is a well known author worldwide, Scottish but also celebrated in her home town of Kirkcaldy in fact she is seen regularly at Stack’s Park watching her home side Raith Rovers.
Val McDemid is also a prolific tweeter engaging with her readers and twitter friends in a humorous and light hearted fashion @valmcdermid
Here ‘s my latest book review of one of her books, chosen because one of the main locations is in Fife:
A Darker Domain by Val Mc Dermid
This is a multi layered crime / mystery, with flashbacks to the time of the tumultuous miners’ strike in Fife, as DI Karen Pirie works to solve two seemingly very different cold cases.
Meanwhile Bel Richmond, a freelance journalist, finds a sinister poster and some blood stains in an abandoned villa near where she is staying in Tuscany. This thrusts the lies and deception of the past right into the present as the Italian police begin to investigate. Unraveling the truth has unforeseen and tragic outcomes leaving the reader reeling.
To say that I was gripped by this novel was an understatement, not surprising baring in mind the calibre of the author.
‘A Darker Domain’ was all the more meaningful for me since the Fife coastal locations were now so familiar. Not only that but the social historical aspect of the miners’ dispute added a realistic dimension to the events. Tension was literally in the air – provocation to carry out a kidnapping which led to dire consequences.
I would never have guessed the end of the novel ~ a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.
I’ve recommended it to a couple of friends already and will read the first in the series. ‘The Distant Echo’ is now on my list of ‘to read’ books.
Andrew Fyall was also born in Kirkcaldy, was a reporter for the Daily Express and a Foreign Correspondent during the 1960’s and 1970’s. He now lives in Edinburgh.
I’ve recently been recommended to read his memoir. Here’s my review:
First in, Last Out: Memoirs by Andrew Fyall
I was gripped from beginning to end of Andrew Fyall’s book through political upheaval, potential and real wars, terrorism and the world of entertainment. Reading ‘First in, Last Out’ was all the more poignant since I was reading first hand accounts of events I’ve been moved by throughout my life including The Cuban Missile Crisis, Martin Luther King and The terrorist attach at the Munich Olympics. The events Andrew Fyall covered were wide ranging but also pivotal in the state of our world.
The life of a Foreign Correspondent was described in stark honesty, his successes, his reliant on instinct, ingenuity and sheer guile. Incredible but hidden behind his words, I felt, was another life of the long suffering wife and family as Andrew Fyall was sent off to far flung places at a moment’s notice, often giving hours between one assignment and the next.
Last in, First Out also gave a frank account of the ruthlessness of working for The Daily Express, one of the top newspapers in its heyday.
It is fitting that I should review Andrew Fyall’s memoirs at a time when I am focussing on Kirkcaldy, specifically Kirkcaldy Foodbank. (All profits of my own fantasy/memoir ‘The Healing Paths if Fife’ are going to support the Kirkcaldy Foodbank during November and December 2019.) See a previous blog post
Do you know any other authors who were born in Kirkcaldy? Please let me know if you do.