His Bloody Project

Graeme Macrae Burnet

Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents, winner in the Author of the Year category for the 2017 Sunday Herald Culture Awards (aka Scotland’s Oscars). His latest novel, Case Study is out 7 October 2021.

Born and brought up in Kilmarnock, he spent some years working as an English teacher in Prague, Bordeaux, Porto and London, before returning to Glasgow and working for eight years for various independent television companies. He has degrees in English Literature and International Security Studies from Glasgow and St Andrews universities respectively.

His first novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau (Contraband, 2014), received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust, was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award and was a cult hit. Set in small-town France, it is a compelling psychological portrayal of a peculiar outsider pushed to the limit by his own feverish imagination.

His second novel, His Bloody Project (2015), concerns a brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish Highland community during the 1860s. Lauded by critics and hugely popular with readers, His Bloody Project won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award and the Vrij Nederland Thriller of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the LA Times Book Awards. It has been published around the world.

Graeme’s third novel, The Accident on the A35 (2017), is a literary mystery that takes place in Saint-Louis, the sleepy French backwater that was also the setting for The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau. It features the diffident Inspector Georges Gorski investigating a seemingly unremarkable fatal car crash – but where has the victim, an outwardly austere lawyer, been on the night of his death? Darkly humorous, subtle and sophisticated, The Accident on the A35 was longlisted for the  Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2018 and the Hearst Big Book Awards – Harpers Bazaar Modern Classics 2018.

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His Bloody Project

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2016

by Graeme Macrae Burnet

  • RRP: £8.99 (print) / £4.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781910192146
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781910192153

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Man Booker Prize 2016, shortlist.

The year is 1869. A brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae.

A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but it falls to the country’s finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence.

Was he mad? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between Macrae and the gallows.

Graeme Macrae Burnet tells an irresistible and original story about the provisional nature of truth, even when the facts seem clear. His Bloody Project is a mesmerising literary thriller set in an unforgiving landscape where the exercise of power is arbitrary.

Prizes and awards

SHORTLISTED, Man Booker Prize 2016
WINNER, Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year 2016
SHORTLISTED, LA Times Book Awards 2016
WINNER, Vrij Nederland Thriller of the Year 2017
SHORTLISTED, Sunday Herald Culture Awards, Author of the Year 2017

REVIEWS OF His Bloody Project

'Spellbinding… Riveting, dark and ingeniously constructed.' - Sunday Times

'A fiendishly readable tale that richly deserves the wider attention the Booker has brought it.' - The Guardian Read more

'Gripping, blackly playful and intelligent.' - The Times

'One of the most convincing and engrossing novels of the year.' - The Scotsman

'An astonishing piece of writing… a voice that sounds startlingly authentic.' - The Telegraph

Herald Books of the Year 2015 Read more

'One of the most enjoyable and involving novels you’ll read this year.' - Alastair Braidwood Read more

'The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau demonstrated that Graeme Macrae Burnet was a writer to watch out for. His Bloody Project confirms that he is one of the most experimental and assured authors currently writing in Scotland. More, please.' Read more

'Psychologically astute and convincingly grounded in its environment, this study of petty persecution and murder is a fine achievement from an ambitious and accomplished writer.' - The National Read more

'A deeply satisfying read.' - Undiscovered Scotland Read more

'A real box of tricks… a truly ingenious thriller as confusingly multilayered as an Escher staircase.' – Jake Kerridge