Shortlisted for the 2022 Gordon Burn Prize• Longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize
The Booker-shortlisted author of His Bloody Project blurs the lines between patient and therapist, fiction and documentation, and reality and dark imagination.
London, 1965. An unworldly young woman believes that a charismatic psychotherapist, Collins Braithwaite, has driven her sister to suicide. Intent on confirming her suspicions, she assumes a false identity and presents herself to him as a client, recording her experiences in a series of notebooks. But she soon finds herself drawn into a world in which she can no longer be certain of anything. Even her own character.In Case Study, Graeme Macrae Burnet presents these notebooks interspersed with his own biographical research into Collins Braithwaite. The result is a dazzling-and often wickedly humorous-meditation on the nature of sanity, identity and truth itself, by one of the most inventive novelists writing today.
About the Author
Graeme Macrae Burnet's first novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau received a New Writer's Award from the Scottish Book Trust and was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. A second Inspector Gorski novel, The Accident on the A35, was published in 2017. His Bloody Project won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the LA Times Book Awards. He lives in Glasgow.