Thompson was educated at St George's School, Edinburgh then read English at Oxford and wrote her Ph.D. thesis on Henry James. In the 1980s she played keyboard with rock band The Woodentops. She has a son and lives in Edinburgh. Her novel Justine was the joint winner of the 1996 James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
- Killing Time (1990) - novella
- Justine (1996)
- Pandora's Box (1998)
- Pharos: A Ghost Story (2002)
- The Falconer (2008)
- The Existential Detective (2010)
- Burnt Island (2013)
- The Book Collector (2015)
- "Alice Thompson: The Scottish Review of Books Interview", Scottish Review of Books. Accessed 16 December 2010.
- Holcombe, Garan. "Alice Thompson", British Council. Accessed 24 September 2011.
- Alice Thompson discovers island life | Herald Scotland Retrieved 7 Jan 2014.
- The Act of Writing, article by Alice Thompson
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