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Brief encounter: Val McDermid

People might be surprised to know I’ve busked in the Paris Metro to earn money for food and wine.

By Prospect Team   April 2021

© Nick Taylor

What is the first news event you can recall?

Yuri Gagarin orbiting earth in Vostok 1 in April 1961. I was already in love with stories, and this felt like something that had escaped from a story into the real world. The idea of humans in space was thrilling, and even at the age of five, it filled me with hope and expectation that we’d conquer the galaxy.

What is your most embarrassing moment at a book-signing?A cousin I hadn’t seen for 30 years turned up at a signing and was very put out that I didn’t recognise…

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