D.D. Johnston

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Michael Darren David Johnston, known as D.D. Johnston, (born in 1979 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish political novelist. He attended university in Edinburgh and currently lives in Cheltenham.[1] The left-wing British newspaper the Morning Star called him "one of this country’s most principled socialist novelists" and "also one of the most versatile and talented around."[2]


Johnston's first novel, Peace, Love & Petrol Bombs, from the anarchist publisher AK Press in Oakland, California, was selected as a Herald Book of the Year by Helen Fitzgerald.[3] It has been translated into Spanish as Paz, amor y cócteles molotov (Hoja de Lata, 2013).[1] Johnston's second, The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub, from Barbican Press, was written for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire.[4]

A third novel, The Secret Baby Room, was published in July 2015.[1] It is a psychological thriller set in Manchester and drawing on periods in the author's life when he was homeless and then working at Manchester coach station. The author commented: "It’s taken me slightly longer to finish it than it took the Achaeans to fight the Trojan War. I hope it’s worth the wait."[5]


Johnston runs an online writing website.[6] He is a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Gloucestershire.[7]


  1. ^ a b c D.D. Johnston, About, n.d. Accessed 17 June 2015
  2. ^ Morning Star Paul Simon, Morning Star, 7 April 2015 Accessed 25 May 2015.
  3. ^ 'Books of the Year' The Herald, 27 November 2011 Accessed 25 May 2015
  4. ^ Find your Voice on a Creative Writing Course, Ann Morgan, The Guardian, 10 November 2014 Accessed 25 May 2015
  5. ^ London: Barbican Press, 2015. ISBN 1909954187; Northern Soul: Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  6. ^ Online writing tips onlinewritingtips.com
  7. ^ D.D. Johnston 'Room 101' Harrogate International Festivals Accessed 25 May 2015