Aye Write 2022, Graeme Macrae Burnet ‘Case Study’

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15 May, 2022 – 3 p.m.

Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN
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The Booker-shortlisted author returns with his critically lauded new novel, Case Study.

Case Study Treasure Hunt Challenge 14 April – Paperback Launch

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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.  Graeme will be in conversation with Janice Forsyth

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Case Study Soft Cover Launch – Primrose Hill, London 20 April, 2022

Graeme Macrae Burnet – Glasgow Writer

Case Study Treasure Hunt Challenge

Case Study author Graeme Macrae Burnet issues Treasure Hunt challenge for paperback launch

  • Readers invited to find book parcels in real-life locations linked to the novel, including in his home town

14 April 2022, 9781913393441, £9.99, paperback

 The king of ‘metafiction’ launches the paperback of Case Study with a Treasure Hunt challenge.

Together with his publishers, Saraband, Graeme Macrae Burnet has concealed parcels containing a book and other goodies (a ‘Case Study Cache’), wrapped in signature bright blue paper, in locations around the UK.


GMB is known for his playful use of metafictional devices setting his books in real-life locations to give his novels the feel of factual stories. For this new Treasure hunt, he has conspired with libraries, cafés and other participants to join the fun.


Case Study, which was published in hardback in October 2021 to critical acclaim, features a narrator who enjoys solving crosswords with her father. For the paperback launch, Graeme Macrae Burnet has devised cryptic crossword clues to help readers find their way to the books. These will be posted across social media on the publication date, 14th April, guiding readers to the bundles.


One of the key locations is within Glasgow, in a location already known to be associated with Graeme. There are two Glasgow ‘Case Study Cache’ parcels at this location, and these will each feature a bonus pair of tickets to Graeme’s Aye Write event on Sunday 15thMay, at 3.00pm, provided by Glasgow Life.


Saraband publisher Sara Hunt says, ‘For this unusual variation on an Easter Egg Hunt, Graeme has reprised the masterful literary games he became known for through his Booker Prize-shortlisted novel His Bloody Project, blending fact and fiction so seamlessly that he often tricks the reader into believing his characters and events are real.


‘Now this Case Study Cache will draw fans even further into the world of Case Study. Look out for clues to the very special cache bundles in Glasgow on Thursday. Meanwhile other readers from Edinburgh to London, Cornwall to Clacton-on-Sea, will have the chance to find hidden caches too. You can follow us for the clues at @sarabandbooks on Twitter. Happy hunting!‘


Graeme Macrae Burnet says, ‘While writing I am always focused on making the scenes feel as real as possible. Celebrating the release with participants in the actual locations I re-created as I wrote is fun, and I’m delighted that there’s so much genuine enthusiasm for the book, especially in my home city. Bring it on!’

Case Study – Graeme Macrae Burnet
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