Graeme is one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents. Born and brought up in Kilmarnock, he spent some years working as an English teacher in Prague, Bordeaux, Porto and London, before returning to Glasgow and working for eight years for various independent television companies. He has degrees in English Literature and International Security Studies from Glasgow and St Andrews universities respectively.
His first novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau, received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust, was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award and was a minor cult hit. Set in small-town France, it is a compelling psychological portrayal of a peculiar outsider pushed to the limit by his own feverish imagination.
His second novel, 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.
He is currently working on another novel featuring Georges Gorski, the haunted detective in The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau.
“An astonishing piece of writing…a voice that sounds startlingly authentic.” – The Telegraph
Brilliantly fabricated . . .This is also a novel on which Robert Louis Stevenson might have bestowed envy.” – The Observer
“This is a fiendishly readable tale that richly deserves the wider attention the Booker has brought it.” – The Guardian
“A spellbinding piece of serious new fiction … Riveting, dark and ingeniously constructed.” – Sunday Times
“Burnet is a writer of great skill and authority.”- Financial Times
“The Man Booker judges got it right: this really is one of the most convincing and engrossing novels of the year.” – The Scotsman
“Macrae Burnet makes such masterly use of the narrative form that the horrifying tale he tells . . . seems plucked straight out of Scotland’s sanguinary historical archives.” – New York Times