As you’ll undoubtedly know, His Bloody Project has been shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize and if it wins when the big announcement is made next week, it will be a well deserved winner in my opinion. I haven’t read any of the other shortlisted novels this year, I have to admit, so can’t really make any comparisons but this is just superb.
Graeme Macrae Burnet at Portobello Book Festival – photo by Jon Davey Photography
I was lucky enough to see Graeme Macrae Burnet at the Portobello Book Festival earlier this month, when he was in conversation with Mary Paulson-Ellis. He explained that the book is completely fictional, despite the fact that he shares part of a surname with his protagonist. Some readers have thought that the book is a fictionalised account of a real murder trial but it isn’t. I can see why they might think that though…
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