Graeme Macrae Burnet’s historical novel tells the story behind a 19th-century triple murder in a remote crofting community – a crime that shocked the nation.

In 1869, Roderick Macrae was accused of the brutal slaying of three people, in a murder trial that gripped the British public. 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?

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Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents. His historical novel His Bloody Project was shortlisted for the 2016 Booker Prize.
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