Graeme Macrae Burnet’s historical novel tells the story behind a fictional 19th-century triple murder in a remote crofting community

In 1869, Roderick Macrae was accused of the brutal slaying of three people, in a murder trial that gripped the British public and shocked the nation. Roderick’s memoir, along with court transcripts, medical reports, police statements and newspaper articles, show that he readily admitted his guilt. But do they reveal just why a young man would commit the most atrocious acts of violence? Why didn’t he defend himself more vigorously, or try to cover up the crime? And will he hang?

The Man Booker Prize 2016
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Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Graeme Macrae Burnet has been nominated for the Booker Prize twice - shortlisted in 2016 and longlisted in 2022. He is among Britain's leading contemporary novelists, whose work has been translated into more than 20 languages and achieved bestseller status in several countries.
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