Scottish crime fiction with Ann Cleeves and Chris Brookmyre – books podcast by Guardian Books podcast

It seems like all the best crime writing in the UK at the moment comes from north of the border. In this week’s podcast we’re joined by Ann Cleeves and Chris Brookmyre to investigate.

Ann Cleeves is best known for her Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez series of crime novels, both of which have made a successful jump to the small screen, as Vera and Shetland.

Chris Brookmyre’s 1996 debut (as Christopher Brookmyre), Quite Ugly One Morning, won the Critics’ First Blood award for best first crime novel of the year. It was the first of his Jack Parlabane novels, which to date have sold more than 1m copies. Last year he won the McIlvanney prize for best Scottish crime book of the year, with Black Widow.

We also talk about the Baileys women’s prize for fiction winner, Naomi Alderman, and the new children’s laureate, Lauren Child.