Author details

Graeme Macrae Burnet


I was born and brought up in Kilmarnock and now live in Glasgow. I have an MA in English Literature/Film and Television Studies from Glasgow University and an MLitt in International Security Studies from St Andrews. I taught English in Prague, Portugal, France and London, before working as a researcher for various independent TV companies for eight years.

About writer's work

My first novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is set in a small town of Saint-Louis in France and concerns the disappearance of the eponymous waitress and the impact this has on the life of a local outsider, Manfred Baumann. The Herald called it a ‘captivating psychological thriller.’

My second novel His Bloody Project tells the story of a triple murder in a tiny crofting community in Ross-shire in 1869. It was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, the LA Times Mystery Book of the Year, and won the Saltire Prize for Fiction and the Vrij Nederland Thriller of the year. It has sold over 150,000 copies in the UK and is set to be translated into almost twenty languages.

My third novel, The Accident on the A35, sees the return of Georges Gorski, the detective from my first book, and is the second part of a projected trilogy.

In 2013 I won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award and in 2017 was named Author of the Year in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

In terms of subject matter, I’m interested in characters who are somehow outside the mainstream, who do not fit in to ‘normal’ society. As a reader, I like to feel immersed in the milieu of a novel, so, as a writer, I’m interested in how you can try to create that.

On the technical side, I’m interested in narrative structure (how you tell the story) and point-of-view (who is telling the story).

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Current events and projects

I am available for: 

  • Readings/discussion of my own work/working process.

Other work

I was a researcher on the eight-part BBC Scotland series, Writing Scotland and the assistant producer/researcher on Scots, a three-part series on the Scots language. I have extensive experience of carrying out research both for my own projects and for documentaries and have written scores of pitches and treatments for television programmes.


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

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LL funded


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Author type



English, Scots

Books written

The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau

Manfred Baumann is a loner.