Topping & Co, St Andrews, Tonight – Come!


Huge thanks to everyone who came along to my Edinburgh Book Festival event last night with Gunnar Staalesen. Gunnar is quite the dude, Russel McLean did a great job of chairing, and the audience were terrific. Still buzzing!

Anyhoo, if you’re in St Andrews tonight, come along to Topping & Co bookshop, where I’ll be blethering, reading, signing, guitaring and singing, not all at the same time. Starts at 8pm – see yeh there!

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Edinburgh Book Festival tonight with Gunnar Staalesen


I’m on at the Edinburgh International Book Festival tonight with Gunnar Staalesen, 8.45pm. Come and heckle! I love a good heckle.

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Literary Death Match, end of the month

I’m performing at a Literary Death Match at the end of the month and just discovered that I’m up against this lady. It seems a little unfair for them to put me up against a talented, charismatic, confident genius performance poet. Them’s the breaks, I guess. I suspect my appearance will be as short lived as a Scotland World Cup campaign.

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My Review of Two Books By David Gates


I’ve long been an admirer of American author David Gates, so I was delighted to be able to review two books by him in The Independent on Sunday at the weekend. Serpent’s Tail have reissued Jernigan in their classics list, and published a new collection of stories, A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me, as well. You should probably read them both.

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A Review So Good It Made Me Feel Sick


The latest review on the blog tour for The Jump is at Raven Crime Reads. I actually felt a bit queasy reading it, because the reviewer so absolutely got what I was trying to do with this book. So, so grateful – thanks Raven!

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A Brand New Short Story


I have a brand new short story called ‘Beyond the Heliopause’ in the new issue of Gutter magazine. It’s about grief and suicide, as per usual, and is set in Portobello, New Zealand. There are loads of terrific writers in the mag such as Liz Lochhead, Ron Butlin, Pippa Goldschmidt, Christine De Luca & Rodge Glass. Quality. You can buy it here.

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THE JUMP Press Round Up, Part Two

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Well there has been an absolute flood of press coverage for THE JUMP over the last week or so:

Another absolutely terrific review over at What Are You Reading For. ‘Exceptional’, ‘heart-breaking’ and such like.

Here’s a thing I wrote called How I Became an Author for the Scottish Book Trust.

This is a terrific review over at Our Book Reviews by Mary Mayfield, where she says: “I sometimes feel Doug Johnstone isn’t very well known outside Scotland but he certainly deserves to be! If you haven’t discovered him yet, why not?” Good question, Mary!

Over at Shots Mag I wrote something about what it was like to write The Jump.

A great review over at Liz Loves Books – “The writing is clever, the narrative style is addictive and the character building is superb… I loved it.”

Amanda Gillies wrote the most amazing shit-hot, absolutely loving it review at Eurocrime. “Just when you start to wonder how on earth it could be possible for him to write anything better than his last masterpiece, he does it again and ups the stakes still further. Magnificent.”

David Robinson gives a typically considered opinion over at Wow 24/7. “Although this book is a thriller, what it says about parenting is just as important.”

Here’s a Q&A I did with The Crime Warp to go with their previous lovely review.

“Incredibly moving!” say the good people at Northern Crime, and who am I to argue? No one, that’s who.

Pam Norfolk gives the book a rip-snorting review in The Lancashire Evening Post. “A pulsating psychological page-turner which blends edge-of-the-seat suspense with a searing exploration of love, loss and parenthood.”

I love the Reading Matters blog, and Kim Forrester loves The Jump in return. An astute and in-depth review, as always from Kim, but she ends with this wee bit of wishful thinking: “This would make a terrific movie — I can already see Kelly MacDonald and Ewan McGregor in the lead roles!”

Here’s the story behind the story of The Jump, written by me for

And here’s a list of my favourite movie, album etc I did for AAA Edinburgh.

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