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Andrew Murray Scott

Andrew Murray Scott was born in Aberdeen in 1955. He graduated from Dundee University with a first class honours degree in English & Modern History. A former freelance journalist, he taught media courses at Dundee College, where he was also an evening class tutor in creative writing. In 2007 he was invited to take up a new post as fulltime media officer for three of Scotland’s brightest political talents. He retired from media work in 2016 to return to fulltime writing.

The author of ten non-fiction books, he was the first winner of the Dundee International Book Prize in 1999 and his winning novel, Tumulus, was subsequently published by Polygon. A second novel, Estuary Blue was published by Polygon in 2001. A further three novels have subsequently appeared, The Mushroom Club (2007) The Big J (2008) and In A Dead Man’s Jacket which is presently available for Kindle / Kobo e-readers and will shortly appear in paperback.

Short stories, poems, essays and a large body of published journalism appeared in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers since the 1970s and these include the story ‘Serving the Regent’ in Damage Land: New Scottish Gothic Fiction (Polygon, 2001) and ‘Postcard From Dundee’ in A Sense of Place (Waverley Books, 2005). His non-fiction titles include biographical work on Alexander Trocchi (1990, reprinted by Kennedy & Boyd in 2012) and first Jacobite leader, John Graham of Claverhouse, (1989, reprinted by Birlinn, 2000) whose letters he has also collected for the Scottish History Society (Miscellany X1, 1990).

He is also known as the author of a variety of local history titles about Dundee including a bestselling post-war history, Modern Dundee, (Breedon Books, 2002, 2006, Derby Books 2012) a popular and much reprinted social history, Discovering Dundee (Thins 1989, Mercat Press, 1992, 1996, Birlinn, 2010) and a two-volume cultural study; The Literary Lives of Dundee, (Abertay Historical Society, 2002, 2003) not to mention a quirky collection of evocative 20th century photographs, The Week Book of Dundee, (Black & White, 2003).

Andrew Murray Scott’s main output and main drive as a writer is as a fiction writer. His novels originate from a strong identification with sense of place, landscape and a response to nature and often explore the changing nature of Scottish identity. He believes that now is the best time to be a Scottish writer, with exciting and historic events in the making and he remains an enthusiast and exponent of creative writing and finding better ways of telling stories to ourselves.

He lives in Broughty Ferry near Dundee.

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