My great friend Graeme Macrae Burnet is currently experiencing the kind of ‘overnight’ success that is the sudden result of years of hard work and commitment to his craft, due to his well deserved yet totally unexpected shortlisting for the Man Booker Prize. He’s gone from virtual unknown to international best seller in the space of a couple of short months, and I couldn’t be happier for him and his publisher Sara Hunt at Saraband.
I’ve been the privileged first reader of both Graeme’s brilliant novels and he’s been a great supporter of my own creative career too since we first met working for the Scottish Indie Hopscotch Films. It’s really important to have insightful creative colleagues that you can trust with your early work, especially if you find yourself beavering away on your own much of the time as many writers and artists do.
So it’s fingers and toes crossed for the 26th October when the prize will be announced, and in the meantime if you haven’t read Graeme’s work yet, get yourself a copy of ‘His Bloody Project’ pronto. You won’t regret it.