8/8 Val McDermid is the author of 22 best selling novels.
Growing up in Kirkcaldy she was accepted to read English at St Hilda's College Oxford when she was only 17.
Realising that she wasn't suited to a nine to five job Val became a journalist and after training in Devon she worked on national newspapers in Glasgow and Manchester.
Following the success of her book Report for Murder published in 1987 Val was able to give up the day job and concentrate on writing. Her latest book, Trick of the Dark was published in paperback earlier this year.
Val picks the following 5 titles and tells Stuart Cosgrove why they are significant books in her life.
1: TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson
2: THE COLLECTED POEMS by Norman MacCaig
3: THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie
4: SEXUAL POLITICS by Kate Millett
5: INDEMNITY ONLY by Sara Paretsky.