Graeme Macrae Burnet was born and brought up in the industrial town of Kilmarnock in the west of Scotland and now lives in Glasgow. He has also lived in the Czech Republic, France, Portugal and London. He has an MA in English Literature & Film Studies from Glasgow University and an MLitt in International Security Studies from St Andrews. He has previously worked, among other things, as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, a bookseller and a television researcher.
In 2013 he won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award.
Graeme Macrae Burnet's first novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau (2014), is set in the small town of Saint-Louis in France and tells the story of the disappearance of a waitress and the impact of this event on the lives of an ill at ease outsider, Manfred Baumann, and a disenchanted detective, Georges Gorski. The Herald described it as “a captivating psychological thriller”.
His second novel, His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae, was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker prize, the LA Times Crime Book of the Year and won the Saltire Prize for Fiction. It tells the story of a triple murder carried out by a seventeen-year-old crofter in a tiny Scottish village in 1869. It has been called “astonishing” (The Telegraph), “fiendishly readable” (The Guardian), “spellbinding” (The Financial Times) and “masterly” (New York Times), and is set to be translated into more than a dozen languages. It has also been optioned for the screen by Synchronicity Films.
His third novel, The Accident on the A35, will be published in October 2017.
Graeme Macrae Burnet is participant of the seminar "British Literature Today", organised by the British Council in partnership with the Leo Tolstoy estate museum Yasnaya Polyana from 12 to 15 July 2017 at Yasnaya polyana.