The Paper Cell: a novel announcement

It is with great delight that I announce my debut novel, The Paper Cell, will be published by Contraband Books in June 2017 (launch details to be revealed soon). From the publisher of Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project, The Paper Cell is the first in the new Pocket Crime Collection, an occasional series of quality […]

Nasty Women: a 404 Ink Spotlight

We don’t know if we’re bombastic enough to claim that we’re redefining the Scottish book bubble, but we do know that we want to bring a bit of fun to the industry while tackling some big and difficult subjects. Indie publishers 404 Ink are being modest. In just six months, founders Heather McDaid and Laura […]

Scottish Literature and the Man Booker – why Graeme Macrae Burnet is a decidedly starry nominee

The funny thing about the Man Booker Prize is that it’s more often judged on the merits of its exclusions than its inclusions. Never diverse enough, “too readable” last year and “decidedly unstarry” this year, coverage is almost always skewed towards the negative, because “Six brilliant books nominated for prestigious prize” probably isn’t going to set […]

Five Scottish Tales of Terror

I shall sit shuddering and weeping in my chair, or continue, with the most strained and fearstruck ecstasy of listening, to pace up and down this room and give ear to every sound of menace… From the haunting ballads of the borderlands to the urban gothic of Victorian fiction, Scottish literature has long demonstrated a […]