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Claire will talk about award-nominated novel

By Margaret Chrystall

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AWARD-NOMINATED writer Claire Askew will talking about her new Edinburgh-based crime novel, All The Hidden Truths at Waterstones Inverness tonight (Wednesday) from 5pm.

The book has had two nominations for the Crime Writers Association Golden Dagger Awards.

The book is currently vying against five other books – including Donna Leon’s Unto Us a Son is Given (William Heinemann) – for a CWA Golden Dagger. Claire’s book is also up for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) award.

It is also longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book Of The Year and also shortlisted for the McIlvanney Debut Prize, both awarded at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in Stirling in September.

That debut novel in progress was the winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and it was longlisted for the 2014 Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) Novel Award.

Claire is also a poet and the current writer in residence at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Edinburgh and has won a variety of accolades for her work, including the Jessie Kesson Fellowship and a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.

Her debut poetry collection, This Changes Things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Saltire First Book Award.

In 2016 Claire was selected as a Scottish Book Trust Reading Champion, and she works as the Scotland tutor for women's writing initiatives Write Like A Grrrl! And #GrrrlCon.

Her second novel following All The Hidden Truths is What You Pay For which is out on August 22.

All The Hidden Truths focused on three women involved in a mass shooting at an Edinburgh college, one of whom – Detective Inspector Helen Birch – returns in the second book.

On the 14th anniversary of the disappearance of her brother Charlie, she takes part in a raid on one of Scotland’s most feared criminal organisations.

And when a completely unpredicted event coincides with it, she is left with a terrible dilemma.

The event tonight (Wednesday, July 31) at Waterstones Inverness is free and starts at 5pm.

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