Tuesday 16 th November - Corner Café - 3 pm
Graeme Macrae Burnet
An Afternoon with …
When asked what was the best book they’d read, The Corner Café Book Group replied without hesitation, “His Bloody Project”. It tells the story of the brutal murder of three people in a remote crofting community. We’re delighted that Graeme Macrae Burnet - one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents – will be at the Café this year to discuss this and his other books. Born and brought up in Kilmarnock, he has degrees in English Literature and International Security Studies and, after university, 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 independent television companies. Lauded by critics and hugely popular with readers, “His Bloody Project” won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the LA Times Book Awards. It has been published around the world in twenty languages. Graeme won the Author of the Year category for the 2017 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”. His second novel, “His Bloody Project” tells of a brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish Highland community during the 1860s. During this summer Radio 4 serialised “Wolverine Blues” a special commission about a schoolboy's passion for music which set him on a collision course with his father. His latest book has just been published and in “Case Study”, an unworldly young woman believes that a charismatic psychotherapist has driven her sister to suicide. Intent on confirming her suspicions, she assumes a false identity and presents herself to him as a client, recording her experiences in a series of notebooks. But she soon finds herself drawn into a world in which she can no longer be certain of anything. The notebooks are interspersed with his own biographical research into the therapist and the result is a dazzling – and often wickedly humorous – meditation on the nature of sanity, identity and truth.
Monday 15 th - Monday 22 nd November