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Valentina Nazarova

Valentina Nazarova

Valentina Nazarova, born 1986, is a Cyprus-based writer, scriptwriter and podcast writer. Nazarova studied creative writing at Northampton University, UK. Her debut book, The Hidden Track, written in English, was nominated for the National Bestseller Award, adapted for a web-film in a British-Russian co-production (directed by Bran Lye) and translated into eight languages, including German (Piper). Nazarova’s second novel, The Cookies, is a thriller focused on crimes in IT and Internet advertising. Ritual is Nazarova’s third thriller, originally written for Storytel Original audio series.

Valentina co-wrote a TV series script based on the novel. Nazarova’s recent novel Before Dawn secured her position as a leading voice in thriller genre in Russia. Film adaptation rights have been sold and Nazarova is developing a script based on her work. Together with her brother Timofey, Valentina runs a popular podcast on true crime – The Hills Have Podcast. Her biggest passions are indie rock, music festivals, and true crime.

Nazarova lives in Cyprus, with her husband, a daughter, two dogs and a ginger cat.

Selected books

2024 — The Season of Comets, novel

2024 — The Hills Have Podcast: True Crimes and Serial Killers (together with Timofey Nazarov), non-fiction

2022 — Before Dawn, novel

2019 — The Ritual, novel

2018 — Cookies, novel

2016 — The Hidden Track, novel

Literary awards

Nominated for the National Bestseller Prize 2016, 2018, 2020

Manuscript of the Year Award 2015

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