Monthly Archives: December 2015

My Top Ten Books of the Year

I made¬†two major discoveries as a reader this year. The first was Kent Haruf. My editor at Faber has been telling me for ages that I needed to read his books, and I finally got round to it. Wow. I … Continue reading

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My review of Gillian Flynn’s The Grownup in The Independent on Sunday

Here’s my review of The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. Not much more than a short story masquerading as a novella, but engaging and well crafted nonetheless.

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A catch-up on my Big Issue reviews

As per, I’ve been slack at putting my book reviews up on here. So here are the last six books I’ve reviewed for the Big Issue magazine: Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien (Faber) An Atlas of Countries that Don’t … Continue reading

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I’m going to be on Eggheads

  Yeah, so apparently I’m going to be on Eggheads sometime in the new year, in a team with Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre and Martyn Waites. The team name is The Criminal Element. We’re filming in January, no … Continue reading

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I really did get a PhD in nuclear physics, honest

Look what I found in a drawer in the loft… …so it wasn’t just a hideous fever dream. It has a really catchy title… …and what a page turner… …and check out the cheeky epigram, basically admitting I was at … Continue reading

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The Jump on Scots Whay Hae Books of the Year List

Hey, The Jump made it on to a Books of the Year list over at Scots Whay Hae, alongside some great writers like Kirstin Innes, Janice Galloway and Stuart Cosgrove. Nice one, thanks Ali Braidwood!

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Book Week Scotland Write-Ups

  So I’ve updated my Events page to include write-ups of all my Book Week Scotland gigs from last week. They were a mixed bag, as per usual. All very interesting, though, and definitely worth doing. I’ve also added my … Continue reading

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