There is nothing quite better than a sharp, cold night gathered in a bookstore for a launch of a new book! And last night saw a full house at Waterstones, Argyle St. in Glasgow for the launch of #TheAccidentOnTheA35 by Graeme Macrae Burnet.
Caron and the team at Waterstones (along with assistance from Caron’s family!) provided the French theme with a feast of cheese and wine for the guests! I do hope that Caron’s cheese nightmares are now over!
Graeme’s first novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau earned him the Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award in 2013, and his second novel His Bloody Project (2016) was nominated for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. As Graeme said last night “nae pressure” on him for the success of his 3rd novel, The Accident on the A35!
The event was chaired by poet, Sam Tongue and the banter between the two flowed throughout the night.
Graeme talked about how the last year has seen his work transported to a wider audience than he ever could have imagined and given him a platform to move on with his writing.
This novel is the follow up to his debut “The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau” and starts off with an unremarkable accident on the A35 in Saint Louis (and not Devon!) It is told from the perspective of 17-year-old Raymond Brunet and brings back Detective Inspector George Gorski who is investigating the death of Raymond’s father in the accident.
As a writer, Graeme starts off with no firm idea of the ending and becomes completely immersed in the character that he has created. He very much allows his character to evolve and dictate the plot of the novel which he described as a difficult way to write but one that worked for him. He did point out that both his main characters in The Accident and His Bloody Project are 17-year-old males and pondered over what that said about the inside of his head!
This was a fascinating and enlightening event which perfectly captured Graeme McCrae Burnet as a writer, his passion for the character-driven novel and how he sees himself as a writer as opposed to a “crime writer”, his books are about the impact the crime has had on the character and not at all about the crime itself.
As with all launches, the night was over way too soon! A signed book and a happy #BookBlogger made her way home from a fabulous event!
Published by Contraband on the 26th Oct 2017, The Accident on The A35 is available to purchase from: