“The Long Drop”
Wednesday 29th November at 7.30pm
“The Beast of Birkenshaw”, murdered eight people
in Lanarkshire between 1956 and 1958 …
‘The Long Drop’ is Denise Mina's first foray into true crime.
It is the story of a serial killer operating in the 1950s in Glasgow.
But true crime stories always have two versions: the official
verdict and the story people tell each other.
Sometimes the difference is staggering.
After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London,
Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school early.
Working in a number of dead end jobs, all of them badly, before
studying at night school to get into Glasgow University Law
Denise went on to study for a PhD at Strathclyde,
misusing her student grant to write her first novel.
This was Garnethill, published in 1998, which won the
Crime Writers ‘John Creasey Dagger’
for Best First Crime Novel.
She has now published 12 novels and also writes short
stories, plays and graphic novels.
27 November - 3 December 2017
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