Mind the gaps

Does the IBBY article by Creative Scotland’s Head of Literature, Publishing & Languages, Mairi Kidd, herald long-overdue change from Creative Scotland? We have asked several times to see Creative Scotland’s priorities for Scotland’s publishing sector and have been referred to its 10-year plan each time. The plan is high level. It does not set out…

Creative Scotland faces abuse of dominant position anti-competitive behaviour claim after underwriting £0.31m publisher loss

In a case set to shake up Scotland’s commercial trade book publishing market, Strident has filed a damages claim against Scotland’s main arts funder, Creative Scotland (CS), accusing it of breaching the Competition Act 1998 (CA98) by abusing its dominant position. The claim before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) alleges that CS has breached the…

PUBLISHED TODAY: Highest Lives – Gordon Brown’s 4th Craig McIntyre thriller

Is history’s most outrageous serial killer on the loose? Gordon Brown’s new Craig McIntyre thriller, Highest Lives, is published TODAY. Craig is used to being hunted. Now he’s the hunter… Darkest Thoughts, Furthest Reaches, Deepest Wounds…Highest Lives.

Gordon Brown on (blog) tour

Top conspiracy-thriller novelist Gordon Brown, author of the Craig McIntyre series, is off on tour with his latest book, Deepest Wounds. And already it is garnering rave reviews. Gordon’s namesake, the former PM, might appreciate that there’s a little bit of politics (as Ben Elton used to say) in the Craig McIntyre novels. The underhand sort.…

Margaret Collyer: pioneer in the time of the Suffragettes

Margaret Collyer (1872-1945) is renowned as a London Royal Academy of Art-trained artist – her paintings can be found around the world and include the acclaimed The Lord of the Isles. Her artistic output, however, masks that hers was a life lived in two halves. And that lesser-known half is now drawing a lot of…

Speed, blades & fire

Linda Strachan has tackled them all. Speed in Spider. Blades in Dead Boy Talking. Fire in Don’t Judge Me. Novels centred around issues can be tricky – there’s a danger they will come across as preachy. But readers of these 3 can rest easy on that score in the expert hands of a Catalyst Book…

The first cut is the deepest…

…as Cat Stevens wrote* and Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow and others sang. Craig McIntyre’s cuts are deep. They run to the core of his being, and the scars are showing few signs of healing. Deep. Deeper. Deepest. Others seem to understand him better than he understands himself. And they see a use for him when…

Sunny – going down a storm in schools and libraries

We’ve been captivated by Sunny, the gripping new novel from Paul Murdoch. So have his school and library audiences. It’s kicking up a storm of enthusiastic supporters. Sunny is like a cross between Frank Cottrell Boyce’s novel/Danny Boyle’s film Millions and Theresa Breslin’s exploration of sectarianism Divided City. It’s a page-turning thriller with a mystery…

Linda Strachan to host Grampian Book Awards

Don’t Judge Me author Linda Strachan will be hosting this year’s Grampian Book Awards on Wednesday. And a fab host she’ll be too. Good luck to all those on the shortlist. Most of all, have fun everyone!

Catalogue – Scotland: non-fiction & faction

We’ve been rattling up several catalogues. Here’s just one.

New Kirkland Ciccone Young Adult novel out soon

We’re excited and delighted to announce that we’ll be publishing Kirkland Ciccone’s 4th Young Adult novel next year. Hoorah! It’s titled Glowglass, and although it’s not out until May, a few lucky people will get a sneak preview. (More about that in the coming weeks.) There’s lots about all of Kirkland’s books over on his…

Brightest thoughts as Darkest Thoughts becomes a Book Of The Year

We’re absolutely delighted that Gordon Brown‘s conspiracy thriller Darkest Thoughts – book 1 in the Craig McIntyre series – has been hailed by The Reading Agency as one of its Books Of The Year for 2017. Brilliant novel, brilliant author; the perfect combo. It’s up there with the likes of novels by Robert Harris and…