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Edinburgh International Books Festival: Val McDermid talks to Paul Auster and Denise Mina

Val McDermid is at the Edinburgh International Books Festival where she talks to Paul Auster about 4 3 2 1, and to Denise Mina about The Long Drop. Sam Lee performs.

Val McDermid presents a special edition from the Edinburgh International Books Festival.

American author Paul Auster talks about his Man Booker longlisted novel 4 3 2 1, which offers four different versions of the central character's life.

Denise Mina on her first true crime novel, The Long Drop, about one of Scotland's most notorious criminals, Peter Manuel.

Glasgow Student Slam Poetry Champion Catherine Wilson performs a poem written specially for Front Row.

Mike Heron from The Incredible String Band discusses the joint memoir he's written with the Scottish novelist Andrew Greig, You Know What You Could Be.

Folk singer Sam Lee performs The Incredible String Band song, The Circle is Unbroken.

Presenter: Val McDermid
Producer: Timothy Prosser.

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30 minutes


  • Paul Auster

    Duration: 09:44

  • Catherine Wilson

    Duration: 02:11

  • Denise Mina

    Duration: 05:58

  • Sam Lee

    Duration: 00:39

  • Mike Heron and Andrew Greig

    Duration: 05:29

  • Sam Lee

    Duration: 02:32

Paul Auster

Paul Auster
Paul Auster
Photo credit: Donata Wenders

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster is available now

Denise Mina

Denise Mina
Denise Mina

The Long Drop by Denise Mina is available now

Mike Heron and Andrew Greig

Mike Heron and Andrew Greig
Mike Heron (L) Photo credit: Roland Owsnitzki

Andrew Greig (R) Photo credit: Lesley Glaister

You Know What You Could Be: Tuning into the 1960's is available now

Sam Lee and The Incredible String Band

Sam Lee on tour


Role Contributor
Presenter Val McDermid
Interviewed Guest Paul Auster
Interviewed Guest Denise Mina
Interviewed Guest Catherine Wilson
Interviewed Guest Mike Heron
Interviewed Guest Sam Lee
Presenter Timothy Prosser


  • Thu 17 Aug 2017 19:15



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