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Denise Mina

  • Self-pity makes tyrants, it's the defining characteristic of brual regimes ...

  • Personal fashion isn't a celebration, it's a defence. It's the armour of everyday life.

  • We could see into the perfectly maintained grounds and buildings. I could almost smell the money, or at least the absence of other smells, which is perhaps what money really smells like.

  • [On women who have been raped:] ... the world is full of us. One in five. We are as perennial as love. We go about our business, raising kids, running countries, starting wars and solving crimes. We don't tell our stories because, if we've survived, that can only mean that what happened wasn't so very bad after all. It never means that we are fucking amazing.

Denise Mina, Scottish crime writer, playwright