His Bloody Project (Paperback)Graeme Macrae Burnet (author)
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Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2016
As to the general character of Roderick Macrae, there is no doubt that he was a queer boy, but whether this was by nature or had been brought on by the tribulations which his family suffered, I am not qualified to say. The evidence of his deeds, however, does not speak of a sound mind.
With any story, there is more than one perspective and the truth may lie somewhere in-between.
The year is 1869 and the small crofting community of Culduie has been torn apart by a brutal murder. A young man, Roderick Macrae has been arrested, caught in the act there is no doubt that the blood is on his hands.
Residents of Culduie give very different accounts of Macrae. He is at once pleasant, talented, hardworking, a ‘queer boy’ and ‘noxious progeny’. He is also condemned to die.
Then there is Macrae’s own account of his actions; an account which is at once remorseless, embittered and moving. On the advice of his advocate, Andrew Sinclair, Macrae tells his story, aware that this one man’s powers of persuasion stand between him and the noose at Inverness.
Told through newspaper clippings, personal testimony and first-hand account, this is a novel that draws you into an isolated, taxing landscape where communities are tight-knit and dangerously insular and where rules are made and broken under the eye of watchful and judgemental eyes.
Ex-Waterstones bookseller Graeme Macrae Burnet provoked a literary sensation on the publication of this masterful, multi-viewpoint tale, seeing His Bloody Project not only shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 but going on to hold the public vote until ultimately pipped by Paul Beatty's satire The Sellout. You can read our Q&A with Graeme here.
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 200 x 130 mm
"Spellbinding ... Riveting, dark and ingeniously constructed." - Edmund Gordon, Sunday Times.
"The book's pretence at veracity, as well as being a literary jeux d'esprit, brings an extraordinary historical period into focus, while the multiple unreliable perspectives are designed to keep the audience wondering, throughout the novel and beyond. This is a fiendishly readable tale that richly deserves the wider attention the Booker has brought it." - Justine Jordan, The Guardian.
"An astonishing piece of writing... a voice that sounds startlingly authentic." - Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph.
"Gripping, blackly playful and intelligent, it deserves a space on the shortlist. It's one of the few that may set the heather - and imagination - ablaze." - Robbie Millen, The Times.
"Graeme Macrae Burnet's His Bloody Project is a gripping crime story, a deeply imagined historical novel, and gloriously written - all in one tour-de-force of a book. Stevensonian - that's the highest praise I can give." - Chris Dolan, Book of the Year, The Herald.
"The Man Booker judges got it right: this really is one of the most convincing and engrossing novels of the year." - David Robinson, The Scotsman.
"A real box of tricks... a truly ingenious thriller as confusingly multilayered as an Escher staircase." Jake Kerridge,Express.
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