My Favourite Books of 2018

In no particular order, here are my favourite books of this year. I reviewed most of them in The Big Issue magazine, if you’re interested. Happy Christmas!

Sayaka Murata, Convenience Store Woman (Portobello)

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Sara Gran, The Infinite Blacktop (Faber)

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William Boyle, Gravesend (No Exit)



William Boyle, The Lonely Witness (No Exit)

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Megan Abbott, Give Me Your Hand (Picador)

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George Pelecanos, The Man Who Came Uptown (Orion)

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Laura Lippman, Sunburn (Faber)



Willy Vlautin, Don’t Skip Out On Me (Faber)

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Amelie Nothomb, Strike Your Heart (Europa)

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Nick Drnaso, Sabrina (Granta)



Mikita Brottman, An Unexplained Death (Canongate)

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Jeff Tweedy, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) (Faber)


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BREAKERS Proofs are in!


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Crime Beat

Here’s a lovely article in Crimespree Magazine by S.W. Lauden about crime-writing drummers, of which there are a few of us, it turns out!

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Look at the cover of Breakers

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Out 16.3.19 in ebook, 16.5.19 in paperback, Orenda Books

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I Read

Here’s a lovely wee video about the importance of books. I get a line in it, but then get upstaged by my daughter, who gets the punchline at the end! This was put together by the Scottish Book Trust who do amazing work across the country, especially right now during Book Week Scotland. Enjoy!

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Iceland Noir!


I am going to be in Iceland for the next few days for Iceland Noir. This is not a reaction to the Brexit catastrofuck, honest.


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L’Ultima Volta at the Pisa Book Festival


Delighted to be at the Pisa Book Festival this weekend to celebrate publication of L’Ultima Volta (Gone Again) by my wonderful Italian publisher Casa Sirio. I’ll also be doing events at Nuova Avventura in Marina di Carrara and Lettera 22 in Viareggio. Ciao!

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