Val McDermid on Treasure Island

First published in 1883, Robert Lois Stevenson's Treasure Island has become one of the most famous novels of all time. In the Independent this month, Scottish crime writer Val McDermid explained why the book has meant so much to her.

"Jim Hawkins' story gripped me from the first thrilling scenes at the Admiral Benbow inn. I was enthralled by exotic characters such as Silver, Blind Pew and Ben Gunn. Even though I knew much of the story already, the suspense remained powerful. The language was clear and expressive, the motives of the characters all too credible, and when I reached the end I was breathless with the excitement of understanding that Silver was still out there. And so was some of the treasure…"

You can read the full article by clicking on the map of Treasure Island below.