Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Graeme Macrae Burnet is a highly acclaimed Scottish author. His first novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau earned him the Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award in 2013, and his second novel His Bloody Project (2015) was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.[1][2][3] His third novel, The Accident on the A35 is a sequel to The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau.[4] In 2017, he won the Author of the Year category in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards. One review in The Guardian described Burnet’s novels as an experiment with a genre that might be called “false true crime”.[5] He has also written the occasional piece for The Guardian, The Observer and Le Monde.[6]

Personal Life[edit]

Burnet was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, in 1967. On his mother’s side, he has family ties to the northwest Highlands.[7] He has degrees in English Literature and International Security Studies from Glasgow and St Andrews universities respectively. After university, he spent some years teaching English as a second language in Prague, Bordeaux, Porto and London, before returning to Glasgow and working for eight years with various independent television companies.[8]


The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau (2014)[edit]

Set in small-town France, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is a compelling psychological portrayal of a peculiar outsider pushed to the limit by his own feverish imagination. The novel received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust and was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. The Herald described it as “a captivating psychological thriller . . . very accessible and thoroughly satisfying.”[9]

His Bloody Project (2015)[edit]

Burnet’s second novel tells the story of a brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish Highland community during the 1860s. Lauded by critics and hugely popular with readers, His Bloody Project won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award and the Vrij Nederland Thriller of the Year Award. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the LA Times Book Awards and the 2017 European Crime Fiction Prize. His Bloody Project has been published in over 20 languages including German, Russian, Chinese, French, Spanish, Persian and Estonian. The Telegraph described it as “an astonishing piece of writing” and one review in The Guardian wrote that it “richly deserves the wider attention the Booker has brought it".[10][11]

The Accident on the A35 (2017)[edit]

The Accident on the A35 is the follow-up to The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau and the second part of a projected Saint-Louis trilogy. This novel was longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2018 and the Hearst Big Book Awards – Harpers Bazaar Modern Classics 2018.

Case Study (2021)[edit]


  1. ^ "New Writers Awards 2012/13: Graeme Macrae Burnet | Scottish Book Trust". Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  2. ^ "Graeme Macrae Burnet | The Man Booker Prizes". Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  3. ^ "Interview: Graeme Macrae Burnet on His Bloody Project and Man Booker Prize nomination - The Scotsman". Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  4. ^ Cummins, Anthony (2017-10-29). "The Accident on the A35 by Graeme Macrae Burnet – review". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  5. ^ The Guardian Review -
  6. ^ "Graeme Macrae Burnet".
  7. ^ "Angst and the Man Booker: Graeme Macrae Burnet on post-shortlisting anxiety".
  8. ^ "Graeme Macrae Burnet".
  9. ^ Herald Scotland Review -
  10. ^ The Telegraph -
  11. ^ The Guardian -

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