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Lionel Shriver's books include Orange Prize-winner We Need to Talk About Kevin , So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, A Perfectly Good Family and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for many publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media. She lives in London and Brooklyn, NY.
Michael Brooks is the author of the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don't Make Sense . He holds a PhD in quantum physics, is a consultant at New Scientist and writes a weekly column for the New Statesman.
Susan Hill is the winner of numerous literary prizes including the Somerset Maugham award. She was awarded CBE for her services to literature earlier this year. Author of the Simon Serrailler crime series and numerous other novels, her literary memoir, Howards End Is On The Landing and the ghost stories The Man In The Picture, The Small Hand, Dolly and Printers Devil Court are all published by Profile. The Woman in Black, which was has been running in the West End for over twenty years, and was a huge film in 2012 is published by Profile in hardback.
Val McDermid has published twenty-eight crime novels, which have sold millions of copies worldwide, been translated into sixteen languages and won multiple awards. Her series featuring criminal profiler Tony Hill was the basis for the TV series The Wire in the Blood for ITV.
Forensics will be published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection. Wellcome Collection is a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art. In 2012, its critically acclaimed programme of events and exhibitions welcomed over 490,000 visitors.