Ian Garbutt

Ian Garbutt has worked in journalism and publishing. He was awarded a Scottish Arts Council New Writer’s Bursary and attended Napier University, in Edinburgh, where he obtained a Master of Arts with Distinction in Creative Writing. Historical novels are his speciality, and he also publishes under the pseudonym Melanie Gifford. He was awarded a PhD from Stirling University in 2018.

Ian Garbutt is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries, contact

Books by Ian


Polygon, March 2015

For a gentleman seeking more prestigious company amidst the bawdy houses of an eighteenth-century city, the House of Masques provides the perfect sexual thrill. The girls are highly educated and socially trained, and are prized status symbols for politicians, bankers and royalty alike.

Into this world comes Bethany Harris, a disgraced governess who has been rescued from a madhouse and transformed into the Masque named Wasp. She soon discovers that her companions are the condemned, the exiled and the abandoned: everyone in the House has a troubled past. Soon, dark secrets and unbridled ambition lead to a crisis that threatens to destroy the House of Masques and reaches to the very highest in the land.

Praise for Wasp

Fans of Sarah Walters’ Fingersmith or Michael Faber’s Crimson Petal and the White will welcome Wasp with its lucid prose, clever mix of the beautiful and the sordid and compelling storyline that keeps you guessing till the last few pages
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