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Manda Scott

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aka M C Scott

Manda Scott is a veterinary surgeon, writer and climber, not necessarily in that order. Born and educated in Scotland, she trained at the Glasgow Vet School and now lives and works in Suffolk, sharing her life with two lurchers and other assorted wildlife. She is known primarily as a crime writer. Her first novel, Hen's Teeth, hailed by Fay Weldon as 'a new voice for a new world' was shortlisted for the 1997 Orange Prize. Her subsequent novels, Night Mares, Stronger than Death and No Good Deed, for which she was hailed as 'one of Britain's most important crime writers' by The Times, are published by Headline.

The Boudica series are her first historical novels. They are, she says, the books she was born to write.
Non fiction
Short stories
Femail (2000)

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1997) : Hen's Teeth
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2003) : No Good Deed

Manda Scott recommends
Hound (2003)
George Green
"The ultimate warrior's tale... a beautiful, poignant story of vengeance, lost love, outstanding heroism and a quite astonishing capacity for alchohol."
Adept (2004)
(Adept , book 1)
Robert Finn
"Cracking...Fast paced,carefully plotted, hard-hitting, but with an edge of humour to keep it sharp...thoroughly to be recommended."
Of Merchants and Heroes (2008)
Paul Waters
"A masterpiece that deserves to become one of the classics of historical fiction"
Fields of Glory (2014)
(Vintener trilogy, book 1)
Michael Jecks
"A cracking read in the best style of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell."
For the Most Beautiful (2016)
(Golden Apple Trilogy, book 1)
Emily Hauser
"Brings ancient Troy wildly, raucously, passionately alive."
The Coffin Path (2018)
Katherine Clements
"The Coffin Path is the perfect ghost story: utterly absorbing, immersed in a world so completely authentic, peopled by men, women, children - and the beasts of a shepherding life - so completely flesh and blood that when the not-so-flesh arise, it's *terrifying*. But not only that, it's a beautifully wrought evocation of a world and a time that feels as if it's just around the corner. If you like Michelle Paver, you'll love this, but fans of Mantel will love it too - the language is a delight, the word-smithing pitch-perfect, and the narrative drive compelling. This is a book about passion and fear, blood and death and life and love and all the pieces from which life is wrought - if you read only one book this year, make it this one, you won't regret it."
The Hunger (2018)
Alma Katsu
"Beautiful, lyrical, utterly grounded in the land, and the people, this is the best - and scariest - story I’ve read this year."

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