31 Aug 2017
Graeme Macrae Burnet – His Bloody Project
Chair: Alasdair Macrae
His Bloody Project, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 and won Saltire fiction book of the year 2016. It is soon to be published in around 20 countries and the screen rights have been acquired by Synchronicity Films.
In 1869, a brutal triple murder in the remote Wester Ross village of Culduie leads to the arrest of a seventeen-year-old crofter, Roderick Macrae. There is no question of Macrae’s guilt, but it falls to the country’s most eminent legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to his bloody deeds. Ultimately, the young man’s fate hinges on one key question: is he insane?
The story ingeniously unfolds through a series of found documents, including police statements; the accused’s prison memoir; the account of renowned psychiatrist, J. Bruce Thomson; and a report of the trial, compiled from contemporary newspapers.