Colin Bateman

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Colin Bateman
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Born 13 June 1962 (1962-06-13)
Newtownards, Northern Ireland
Pen name Bateman
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality British
Education Journalism
Genres Crime, Dark comedy, Thriller
Notable work(s) Dan Starkey, Murphy's Law & Mystery Man novels
Notable award(s) Betty Trask Award (1994)[1]
Crimefest Last Laugh (2009)[2]

Colin Bateman (known mononymously as Bateman) is a novelist, screenwriter and former journalist from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland.


Born on 13 June 1962, Bateman attended Bangor Grammar School leaving at 16 to join the County Down Spectator as a "cub" reporter, then columnist and deputy editor.[3] A collection of his columns was published as Bar Stool Boy in 1989.

Bateman has been producing novels since his debut, Divorcing Jack, in 1994.[3] Divorcing Jack won a Betty Trask Award in the same year and was adapted into a 1998 film starring David Thewlis.[4][5] Several of Bateman's novels featured the semi-autobiographical Belfast journalist, Dan Starkey.[5]

His book Murphy's Law was adapted from the BBC television series Murphy's Law (2001–2007), featuring James Nesbitt. Bateman explains on his website that "Murphy`s Law was written specifically for James Nesbitt, a local actor who became a big TV star through Cold Feet. The ninety minute pilot for Murphy's Law on BBC 1 was seen by more than seven million people, and led to three TV series, on which I was the chief writer."[3]

Has just completed the 8 part series "Scúp", Which he wrote in English but has been translated into Irish. It is in production by Sterling Films & BBC Northern Ireland. A second series has since been commissioned[6]

His children's book Titanic 2020 has been shortlisted for the 2008 Salford Children's Book Award.[7][8]

Much of his work is produced under the name "Bateman" (rather than his full name); his 2007 novel I Predict a Riot bears (among others) the dedication: "For my Christian name, gone but not forgotten".[9]



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  1. ^ "Betty Trask Past Winners | Society of Authors - Protecting the rights and furthering the interests of authors". Society of Authors. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  2. ^ "Colin Bateman wins Last Laugh Award". 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  3. ^ a b c "Biography". Colin Bateman. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  4. ^ "Betty Trask Award: Past winners". Society of Authors. Archived from the original on 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Mohammed Maguire: The author". Nerve Centre Productions. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  6. ^ "SCUP". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  7. ^ "2008 Book Award - Salford City Council". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  8. ^ Colin (2009-01-16). "All the latest...: In the shadow of Old Trafford". Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  9. ^ "Colin Bateman: Last Book!". 2006-10-10. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 

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