Graeme Macrae Burnet
Graeme Macrae Burnet was born and brought up the industrial town of Kilmarnock in the west of Scotland and now lives in Glasgow. He studied Film and English Literature at Glasgow University and, later, International Security Studies at the University of St Andrews.
Prior to becoming a writer, he taught English in the Czech Republic, France, Portugal and London. He has also worked as television documentary researcher, a bookseller, a housepainter and a barman. In 2013 Graeme won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award, and in 2017 was named Author of the Year in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.
His first novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau (2014) is set in a the small French town of Saint-Louis and concerns the disappearance of a waitress and the impact of this event on a local outsider, Manfred Baumann. The book also introduces the character of Inspector Georges Gorski. It is a novel rich in detail and ambiance, and delves deeply into the psychology of the central characters.
His second novel His Bloody Project (2015) tells the story of a brutal triple murder in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands in 1869. It was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker prize, the LA Times Mystery Book of the Year and the European Crime Fiction prize and won the Satire Prize for Fiction and the Vrij Nederland Thriller of the Year. It has been variously described as “astonishing”, “fiendishly readable” and “spellbinding” and has been published in twenty-two languages.
His third novel, The Accident on the A35 (2017) sees the return of Saint-Louis cop, Georges Gorski. It is the second part of a projected trilogy. It was published to critical acclaim in October 2017 and was longlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year award. Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, called it “gripping and intelligent.”
Graeme has appeared at festivals and events in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Russia, Estonia, Macau, India, Germany, Korea and France, as well as all over the UK. He is currently working on his fourth novel.