RaveThe Scotsman (UK)Pirmohamed writes with a flow which is rarely interrupted. She has a fine ear for the musicality in words and knows exactly where a line should turn. While she seems most at home with couplets, she masters a range of forms. Language is well chosen, rarely ostentatious, though, on several occasions, nouns turn into verbs ... These are poems for a global age, where we move between cultures with apparent ease and might have several lands – or none – which we call home.
RaveThe Scotsman (UK)\"Her evocation of the Winter of Discontent is spare and skilful, never overloading the book with period detail. She adds references like bright brush strokes...creating a world which feels real but allowing the characters, not the period, to take centre stage. 1979 is more a chronicle of the times, and of the newspaper world, than it is a crime novel. While crimes are being committed, the pace and tension comes from the two young reporters winging it from scoop to scoop, rather than any sense that their work puts them in serious danger ... McDermid nails with precision the world she is writing about ... It’s hard not to feel just a little nostalgic for its passing.