Scottish author Graeme Macrae Burnet is favourite to land this year’s Man Booker Prize – for a second novel from a tiny publishing house run by just two full-time staff.
Graeme has been shortlisted for His Bloody Project, a crime story and memoir exploring the life of a 19th century crofter.
The author, 48, recounts the murders, in 1869, of three people in a remote crofting community and the subsequent trial of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae, one of the writer’s ancestors.
He had spent several years working as an English teacher in London and Europe before returning to Glasgow and working for independent television companies.
The shortlist also features debut novelist Ottessa Moshfegh (Eileen), fellow US author Paul Beatty (The Sellout), Canadian-British writer David Szalay (All That Man Is) and Canadian Madeleine Thien (Do Not Say We Have Nothing).