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 […]

Review: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

1869: 17-year-old Roderick ‘Roddy’ Macrae has just brutally murdered three people in the remote Scottish village of Culduie. He stands calmly in the road, covered in their blood, and informs his neighbours of what he has done. There is no question of his guilt. Roddy’s story unfolds amid the competing voices of his own prison memoir, court testimony, newspaper […]