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
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
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
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
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
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