TARTAN NOIR: LIAM McILVANNEY
Scottish to his marrow, Liam McIlvanney is the son of William McIlvanney, the godfather of Scottish crime fiction with his series featuring DI Jack Laidlaw. But McIlvanney junior has a raft of crime fiction credits in his own right, recently taking out the 2018 prize (named for his father) for the best Scottish crime novel for The Quaker – set in Glasgow in 1969, based on the never-caught serial murderer Bible John. He also won the Ngaio Marsh Award for BestNZ Crime Novel with Where The Dead Men Go in which a newspaper man becomes embroiled in organized crime and sectarianism in Glasgow. McIlvanney is the Director of theScottish Studies Programme at the University of Otago. Talking about a life mired in crime, he is in conversation with Mark Sainsbury.