Doug Johnstone

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Doug Johnstone (born 22 July 1970) is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His new novel, Smokeheads, is published by Faber and Faber on 3 March 2011. He has previously published two novels with Penguin, Tombstoning (2006) and The Ossians (2008), which received praise from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre.[citation needed]

Johnstone is currently writer in residence at the University of Strathclyde. He has had several short stories appear in various publications, and since 1999 he has worked as a freelance arts journalist, primarily covering music and literature. He is a singer, musician and songwriter in several bands, including Northern Alliance, part of the Fence Collective. Northern Alliance have released four albums, as well as recording an album as a fictional band called The Ossians.

Johnstone has a degree in physics, a PhD in nuclear physics and a diploma in journalism. He grew up in Arbroath and lives in Portobello, Edinburgh with his wife and two children.[citation needed]


  • Tombstoning (2006)
  • The Ossians (2008)
  • Smokeheads (2011)
  • Hit and Run (2012)


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