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Angus Calder

Angus Calder

Angus Calder was a prolific author, poet, critic, editor, historian and journalist. He took a degree in English from King’s College, Cambridge and a doctorate on Second World War British politics from the University of Sussex. He spent 14 years as a Staff Tutor in Arts with the Open University in Scotland, retiring in 1993 with the title Reader in Cultural Studies. Though throughout his life he taught over the world, spending time at several African universities in particular, he remained – and remains – a highly notable commentator on Scotland’s literature, history, politics and the very nature of ‘Scottishness’.

Angus’s first book, The People’s War: Britain 1939-1945, was published in 1969 and won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewllyn Rhys Prize in 1970. It has been in print ever since, challenging conventional perceptions of wartime Britain, and this flavour of revisionism continued throughout his writings, in later works such as Revolutionary Empire (1981), a survey of the rise of the English-speaking empires from the fifteenth-century to the American War of Independence, and The Myth of the Blitz (1991), demonstrating common understandings of Britain’s Blitz heroism to be mostly based on propaganda. A talented poet, he won a Gregory Award in 1967 and brought out his first collection of poems, Waking in Waikato, in 1995, followed by a book of poems about Edinburgh, Sun behind the Castle, in 2004. Angus was co-editor of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature from 1981 to 1987, an adjudicator to the Saltire Book Awards and a key figure in the establishment of the Scottish Poetry Library.

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Allan Guthrie

Allan Guthrie
Allan Guthrie is an award-winning Scottish crime writer and ebook bestseller. His debut novel, TWO-WAY SPLIT, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award and went on to win the Theakston’s Crime Novel Of The Year in 2007. He is the author of four other novels: KISS HER GOODBYE (nominated for an Edgar), HARD MAN, SAVAGE NIGHT and SLAMMER and three novellas: KILL CLOCK, and Kindle bestsellers KILLING MUM and BYE BYE BABY. When he’s not writing, he’s a literary agent with Jenny Brown Associates.

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Guthrie controls the rights to the Kindle editions of his books worldwide (except for US rights to HARD MAN, SAVAGE NIGHT and SLAMMER).

“an immensely skilful writer” The Independent

“a witty and inventive stylist” Washington Post

Allan Brown

Allan Brown

Allan Brown was born in Glasgow in 1967 and attended the city’s university. A former Scottish journalist of the year, he is the author of Inside the Wicker Man and Nileism: the Strange Course of the Blue Nile. His most recent books are The Glasgow Smile (Polygon, 2013), an encyclopedic presentation of the humourous side of the city, and 50 People Who Screwed Up Scotland (Constable, 2014), which takes a sardonic look at the nation’s cultural villains. He lives in Glasgow.

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Alice Thompson

Alice Thompson

Alice Thompson grew up in Edinburgh and read English at Oxford University. After spending the 80s playing keyboards with the almost, but not quite famous, post-punk band The Woodentops, she turned to writing. She was formerly Writer in Residence for Shetland and in 2000, won a Creative Scotland Award. Her first novel, Justine, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and her second, Pandora’s Box, was shortlisted for the Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year.

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Selected Books by Alice

The Book Collector

Salt, November 2015
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In Edwardian England, Violet has a fairy tale existence: loving husband, beautiful baby son and luxurious home. She wants for nothing. But soon after the birth of her baby the idyll begins to disintegrate. Violet becomes obsessed by a book of fairy tales her husband has locked away in a safe. Paranoid hallucinations begin to haunt her and she starts to question her sanity. Meanwhile, vulnerable young women are starting to disappear from the nearby asylum. Soon Violet herself is interned in the asylum for treatment only to discover, on coming out, that her husband has hired a nanny while she has been away, the beautiful, enigmatic Clara. The brutality of the asylum is nothing compared to the horrors that now lie in wait.

Praise for The Book Collector

With a nod to Angela Carter, Thompson takes the myth of Bluebeard, the murdering husband who keeps a tally of his dead wives, sets it down in that Edwardian summer just before the guns of the First World War go off. It’s a superb settling for betrayal and revenge

The Independent on Sunday

The Book Collector shows a wry and sly mind at work throughout. Scottish literature would be thinner without this kind of challenging and cleverly-wrought writing

The Scotsman

The Book Collector throws the essential elements of the gothic chiller into a blender and what emerges is something between pastiche and critique, in which its author never loses sight of the need to give her readers, first and foremost, an un-put-down-able yarn

The Herald 

With its gothic motifs, this dark portrait of a ‘fairytale’ marriage is full of mystery and suspense… An elegant and bloodily shocking entertainment

The Guardian


Burnt Island

Salt, May 2013

Struggling writer Max Long arrives on Burnt Island to work on his next novel. There he encounters bestselling author James Fairfax, whom Max suspects of not being the real author of the book that has made his fortune. Furthermore, Fairfax’s wife has gone missing.

In a desperate bid for success, Max decides to compromise his talent by writing a horror bestseller. Recently divorced and increasingly mentally unstable, he witnesses disturbing visions that take the form of the horror he is attempting to write. Is Max losing his mind – or his soul? What is the truth about Fairfax? And what is the secret of Burnt Island?

Praise for Burnt Island

Burnt Island is steeped in self-awareness, as a book about the process and effect of writing might be. It seems connected by literary electricity to other tales of isolation: The Shining, Pincher Martin, The Sea, The Sea. It might resist ‘character development’, but Max does learn that however bad things can get for him, there is always someone who has had it worse: usually another writer

The Guardian

Fractured and lucid as a dream. Creepy and brilliant

Ian Rankin

[Thompson’s] prose style tackles these questions in spare and simple language, devoid of drama and, it would seem, ambiguity, and in that sense, she avoids echoing the richness of both Angela Carter and John Fowles, even as she appears to be paying her tribute to both of them. It’s a wise decision, as this prose style also matches better the sparse landscape of the island itself. This is a simple yet clever tale, gently satirising literary ambition as it explores the darker sources of inspiration, and told with all the supernatural horror of the best Hammer stories

The Scotsman 


The Existential Detective

Salt, August 2014

William Blake is a private detective. When he is asked by an eccentric scientist to investigate the whereabouts of his amnesiac missing wife, Louise, Will finds himself entangled in layers of deceptions and disappearances that lead him inexorably back to an unsolved mystery in his own past: the loss of his young daughter Emily.

The case takes Will to brothels, nightclubs and amusement arcades in the Scottish seaside resort of Portobello. Identities become con-fused as his sexual obsession with a nightclub singer becomes entwined with sightings of Louise, his own torturous memories, and new visions of the lost Emily.

The Existential Detective is a surreal, dreamlike story of loss, incest and what it means to remember.

Praise for The Existential Detective

Reminiscent of the dislocation and dream-infested landscape that inhabits Auster’s work… Alice Thompson has bent the detective novel to her own will and produced something rather exciting
Scottish Review of Books

Alice Thompson… grabs hold of the detective fiction tradition, flings it in the air, lets it crash to the floor, and jumps on it till it’s in smithereens. She then reconstructs it into something that doesn’t yet have a name… The Existential Detective is unsettling, unsettlingly erotic, and somehow sadly beautiful. Thompson is fast becoming one of the most original and formidable writers in the English language today
The Sunday Herald

Thompson’s uncanniest – and best – novel yet
The Independent

Thompson … conjures up a strange universe for her characters, drawing the reader in with teasing prose and suggestive paradoxes … but the real suspense comes from the way the author plays with her shadowy characters, her more surreal clues and, ultimately, her readers
Times Literary Supplement

Alex Gray

Alex Gray

Born and raised in Glasgow, Alex Gray studied English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde. She has worked a visiting officer of the DHSS and as an English teacher, beginning to write professionally in 1993. She has published thirteen novels starring Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer and his psychological profiler Solomon Brightman, all set around her native Glasgow. A regular on bestseller lists, she won the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies and, together with Lin Anderson is a co-founder of Bloody Scotland, the Stirling-based crime-writing festival.


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Books by Alex Gray

Detective Lorimer series

The Darkest Goodbye (#13)

Sphere, March 2016

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When newly fledged DC Kirsty Wilson is called to the house of an elderly woman, what appears to be a death by natural causes soon takes a sinister turn when it is revealed that the woman had a mysterious visitor in the early hours of that morning – someone dressed as a community nurse, but with much darker intentions.

As Kirsty is called to another murder – this one the brutal execution of a well-known Glasgow drug dealer – she finds herself pulled into a complex case involving vulnerable people and a sinister service that offers them and their loved ones a ‘release’. Detective Superintendent William Lorimer is called in to help DC Wilson investigate and as the body count rises, the pair soon realise that this case is about to get more personal than either of them could have imagined…

Praise for The Darkest Goodbye

Rightly acclaimed in her native Scotland, it is important to remind the rest of the country just how impressive Gray’s work is… She has brought Glasgow’s dark underworld to life in the same way Ian Rankin did Edinburgh’s…Told with characteristic panache, it confirms what an excellent crime writer Gray has become

Daily Mail

She definitely lives up to the hype… It’s a fantastic plot, one that has a very interesting and topical debate at the heart of it, and keeps you guessing to the very last few pages

Press & Journal


Keep The Midnight Out

When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer’s tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty year old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since.

As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man’s death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years. As the action switches dramatically between the Mull murder and the Glasgow cold case twenty years earlier, Lorimer tries desperately to catch a cold-hearted killer. Has someone got away with murder for decades?

Praise for Keep the Midnight Out

Few have matched the sustained high quality of [Alex Gray’s] output over twelve novels… What she delivers is sound characterisation, convincing Glaswegian atmosphere and superior writing

The Times

Keep the Midnight Out is one of Alex Gray’s very best books. The series featuring her protagonist Detective Superintendent Lorimer has gone from strength to strength

Good Book Guide

This Scottish author is at the top of her game

Daily Record

The new master of Scottish crime writing

Scottish Daily Express

Move over Rebus

Daily Mirror


The Bird That Did Not Sing (#11)

Sphere, March 2014

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2014: The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow and security is extra tight, particularly after a mysterious bomb explodes in nearby rural Stirlingshire. As the opening ceremony for the Games draws ever closer, the police desperately seek the culprits. But Detective Superintendent Lorimer has other concerns on his mind. One is a beautiful red-haired woman from his past whose husband dies suddenly on his watch. Then there is the body of a young woman found dumped in countryside just south of the city who is proving impossible to identify. Elsewhere in Glasgow people prepare for the events in their own way, whether for financial gain or to welcome home visitors from overseas. And, hiding behind false identities, are those who pose a terrible threat not just to the Games but to the very fabric of society.

Praise for The Bird That Did Not Sing

Compelling… Explosive… Once again proves she is one of the most adept practitioners of the crime novel at work today

Good Book Guide


Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray was born in Riddrie, Glasgow, and trained as a painter at the Glasgow School of Art. He worked as a part-time art teacher, muralist and theatrical scene painter before becoming a full-time painter, playwright and author. He has been described by writer Will Self as ‘a great writer, perhaps the greatest living in this archipelago today’ and by himself as ‘a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glasgow pedestrian’.

His highly-acclaimed first novel Lanark was published in 1981, winning both a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Scottish Book of the Year award. Since then he has published extensively, becoming one of the most immediately recognisable figures in contemporary Scottish literature. His 1992 work Poor Things was awarded the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize and his 1993 collection of short stories, Unlikey Stories, Mostly, won the 1983 Cheltenham Prize. In 2001 he became, with Tom Leonard and James Kelman, joint Professor of the Creative Writing programme at Glasgow and Strathclyde University. His latest book is Old Men in Love (2007), shortlisted for the 2008 Catherine Maclean Prize.

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Selected Non-fiction Books by Alasdair

Of Me & Others: An Autobiography

Cargo Publishing, April 2014


Born 1934 in Glasgow, Alasdair Gray is considered by many to be one of the great Scottish writers and artists. In this frank, playful and typically unorthodox autobiography he tells of how his early life experiences influenced his writing, including the creation of those landmarks of literature, Lanark and 1982, Janine. He also details the inspirations behind his many acclaimed murals and artworks, and makes clear how his moral, social and political beliefs and his work are inextricably linked. Constructed from essays, published and unpublished, Of Me And Others is as much about people, place and politics as it is about Gray’s own life in art. Self-deprecating, incisive, funny, fired with passion; the effect is a memoir of a life lived not only with others, but often for others.


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Alanna Knight

Alanna Knight

Alanna Knight was born on Tyneside of Scots-Irish parentage and remains one of the most popular authors in UK libraries. She is a leading crime writer who has three historical crime series, the Victorian detective Inspector Jeremy Faro, lady investigator Rose McQuinn, and time-traveller Tam Eildor. Her 60 published works also include romantic thrillers and historical novels. Alanna is an authority on Robert Louis Stevenson and her non-fiction includes true crime, ‘how to write’ guides and biographies.

Alanna is Hon President of Edinburgh Writers’ Club, Hon President and founder member of Scottish Association of Writers, member of Society of Authors and Crime Writers’ Association. She was awarded and MBE in 2014.

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Selected Books by Alanna

Rose McQuinn Series

The Balmoral Incident (#8)
Allison & Busby, October 2014


Rose McQuinn is invited to stay with her friend Olive who has a small cottage on the Balmoral Estate. As Rose travels on the train with her trusty dog Vane and her niece Mabel, she wonders what exciting adventures await them at the Royal household. Little does she realise that within just 48 hours of their arrival, death will have visited the great castle. Can Rose find out what happened and prevent any more bloodshed?

Praise for The Balmoral Incident

Alanna Knight could hardly be better, with a crime novelist’s insight into motive and aftermath
Ian Rankin

Entertaining … with plenty of gothic mystery, period colour and even a soupcon of science fiction. Alanna Knight mixes the genres like a master chef
Historical Novels Review

All the mystery and intrigue of any Kathy Reichs or P. D. James story
Peterborough Evening Telegraph


Deadly Legacy (#7)
Allison & Busby, June 2012

Edinburgh, 1901. Rose McQuinn has agreed to help her neighbour, Mrs Lawers, by delivering what she claims to be a family legacy to her only living relative. Conveniently, the trip allows allow Rose to meet with Detective Inspector Jack Macmerry’s daughter to try and re-establish contact with her on his behalf. Soon, Rose’s philanthropic journey takes a turn towards the dangerous when she is attacked on a train and, on returning to Edinburgh, discovers Mrs Lawers and her maid are dead. Befriending a young first-time mother and investigating the history of Mrs Lawers’ family, Rose finds links not only between the two, but also to Royal history, London’s theatre community, and her own home in Solomon’s Tower. But when Jack is shot on duty, her attention shifts to him and his desire to get to know his daughter. Balancing the murder investigation alongside her obligations to family and friends, Rose discovers ties that reveal that the past has not completely left the present.


Inspector Faro Series
Murder Most Foul (#17)
Allison & Busby, January 2013

1861. When the body of an unknown woman is found in an Edinburgh close, Detective Constable Faro assumes the killing is a random act of violence – until he finds a playing card, the nine of diamonds, underneath her corpse. His superiors scoff at his suspicions of a serial killer, but days later a man is attacked in the street, and left badly bruised and battered with the nine of diamonds in his pocket. Faro believes there’s a connection. He must contend with other problems, though, if he is to solve the case. Detective Sergeant Gosse does his best to frame suspect after suspect, but remains constantly irritated by his detective constable. And although Faro’s sweetheart Lizzie loves him deeply, he is not sure if he feels the same way. And what of Inga St Ola, Faro’s first and only true love from his native Orkney? Amongst all this, a servant at Lizzie’s place of work goes missing. Could her disappearance be linked to the playing-card killer? Beset by hostile superiors and a police-hating public, Faro feels he may never crack this confounding case.

Praise for Murder Most Foul

Where better to place a Victorian detective than the streets of 19th century Edinburgh, with its elegant society masking the city s delinquent underbelly
Edinburgh Evening News

The book has been beautifully written and researched. Victorian Edinburgh has been recreated to thoroughly engage the reader with the characters and settings as they follow the intricacies of the plot
Historical Novels Review