I Love Islands


I love islands. I love islands so much I’ve now written three novels set on them, and some short stories. Here is something I wrote for The Royal Literary Fund about how much I love islands.

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Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers’ First Ever Gig

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So our band is playing our first ever show! The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers will be rocking out at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Wed 23rd Aug, 9pm in the Spiegeltent. It’s part of the festival’s terrific Unbound programme, free cabaret events every night. We are not cabaret though, we are fucking rawk! And some acoustic stuff, likes. Anyway, it’ll be a hoot. Here is a daft preview of it in The Skinny.


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Authors for Grenfell Tower


I have a signed and personalised book for auction over at the wonderful Authors for Grenfell Tower site. There loads of great stuff on offer from hundreds of amazing writers, so do have a browse.

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Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers

So I’m in a band. Back to drumming for the first time in donkey’s years. It’s a ‘supergroup’ of sorts, made up of crime writers, playing a set of crime-related tunes. Here we are:

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Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers: Stuart Neville, Luca Veste, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Doug Johnstone, Chris Brookmyre

We rehearsed for the first time the other day, and it wasn’t too shabby. We have a top secret gig coming in Edinburgh in August, then we’re playing at Bloody Scotland in September.

Here are a couple of snaps:





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Edinburgh International Book Festival Event


So the Edinburgh International Book Festival launched their 2017 programme the other day in town, and I have a cheeky wee event, with English author, poet and playwright Barney Norris on Friday 25th August at 2pm. A bit of blurb about it is here. There’s also, you know, a thousand other authors over two weeks in a beautiful location in central Edinburgh in the middle of the festival. So, all in all, good times.

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Buy the Bloody Book


I’m delighted to have a short story in this fine collection, due out in September. Dx

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Living with Death

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Absolutely thrilled to have this wee book out in the world, from my time as writer in residence at William Purves Funeral Directors last year. Lovely to see so many familiar faces at the launch tonight, at the company’s annual gathering. Good people doing good work. I hope the book does them justice.

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