Publication Date: 07/10/2021 ISBN: 9781913393199 Category:

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Graeme Macrae Burnet

Publisher: Saraband
Publication Date: 07/10/2021 ISBN: 9781913393199 Category:




“I have decided to write down everything that happens, because I feel, I suppose, I may be putting myself in danger.” London, 1965. An unworldly young woman believes that a charismatic psychotherapist, Collins Braithwaite, has driven her sister to suicide. Intent on confirming her suspicions, she assumes a false identity and presents herself to him as a client, recording her experiences in a series of notebooks. But she soon finds herself drawn into a world in which she can no longer be certain of anything. Even her own character. In Case Study, Graeme Macrae Burnet presents these notebooks interspersed with his own biographical research into Collins Braithwaite. The result is a dazzling – and often wickedly humorous – meditation on the nature of sanity, identity and truth itself, by one of the most inventive novelists writing today.

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Praise for His Bloody Project; SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016; SALTIRE SOCIETY FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016; ‘A spellbinding piece of serious new fiction…Riveting, dark and ingeniously constructed.’ Edmund Gordon, Sunday Times; ‘Reads as if Umberto Eco has been resurrected in the 19th-century Scottish Highlands.’ Mark Lawson, Guardian; ‘An astonishing piece of writing … a voice that sounds startlingly authentic.’ Jake Kerridge, Telegraph; ‘Grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let you go. This multilayered novel about a 19th-century murder near Applecross is as heartbreaking as it is desperate.’ Kirsty Wark, Guardian; ‘Brings an extraordinary historical period into focus …This is a fiendishly readable tale that richly deserves the wider attention the Man Booker has brought it.’ Justine Jordan, Guardian; ‘Gripping, blackly playful and intelligent … one of the few [Booker longlist titles] that may set the heather – and imagination – ablaze.’ Robbie Millen, Times; ‘Its overarching themes are timeless.’ New Statesman; Praise for the Gorski novels: Longlisted for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2018 and Hearst Big Book Awards 2018; Longlisted for the Waverton good read award; ‘A classy detective story and a stylish meditation on agency and existence. If Roland Barthes had written a detective novel, then this would be it.’ Philip Womack, Literary Review; ‘Clever, meandering and oh, so French.’ James Marriott, Times; ‘Gripping and intelligent.’ Philip Pullman, Guardian; ‘Burnet is an extravagant talent.’ Mark Lawson, Guardian; ‘A crime novel with post-modern flourishes … The characters of Gorski and Raymond are beautifully observed, and Burnet lets them play out their tragicomic parts with understated humour … Wry, intelligent and a lot of fun.’ Andrew Taylor, Spectator; ‘As steeped in the works of Simenon as a good boeuf bourguignon is in red wine. The characters’ pretensions are mercilessly exposed in frill-free prose.’ Jake Kerridge, Telegraph; ‘Highly accomplished … a denouement like something out of Greek tragedy … [Burnet] playfully adds levels of meaning.’ Anthony Cummins, Observer

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