Press and Awards


The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing has been longlisted for a Historical Writers Association (HWA) Gold Crown for Best Historical Fiction 2020 and the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Novel 2020 from Bloody Scotland.

The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing was Goldsboro Books August Book of the Month 2019 and a Times and Sunday Times Crime Club Pick.

The Other Mrs Walker was Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2017. 

I was Highly Commended as a Rising Star in the DIVA Literary Awards  and Shortlisted as a Breakthrough Author in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2017.

In 2016 I was named an Amazon Rising Star.

In 2013 I won the Literature Works First Page Prize for the opening of The Other Mrs Walker. In 2009 I won the Curtis Brown Prize for Fiction and was runner up in the Sceptre Prize for a novel in progress. I was shortlisted for the Daily Telegraph Novel in a Year in 2007, and awarded a Scottish Arts Council Writers Award in 2006.

My short fiction has been longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize. 



Red Hot Chilli Writers podcast – I was a guest of fellow crime writers, Abir Mukherjee and Vaseem Khan for Episode 21 of this podcast series (at 19mins) chatting all things dual timeline narratives.

In 2020 did a Q&A about my work and writing habits for Author Interviews.

National Centre for Writing podcast – Val McDermid discusses her selection of ten compelling LGBTQI+ writers with Guardian Books Online Editor, Sian Cain (my work at 16mins15secs).

National Centre for Writing Livestream – I was one of three writers interviewed by Val McDermid for the LGBTQI+ Literature Showcase launch event.

Waterstones Blog – I selected the Best Books for Remembrance Sunday in November 2019.

Also in 2019 I was Author in the Spotlight for ShotsMag and I wrote about the genesis of The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing for Crime Time.

Solomon Farthing featured in Book Break on YouTube as a Cosy Autumn Read (at 3mins30secs) and as Best Historical Fiction (at 1min57secs).

In 2017 The Other Mrs Walker featured in the Top Shop blog and I did an exclusive Q&A for Waterstones

In 2016 Portobello Book Blog made me their Author in the Spotlight, I chatted to Liz Loves Books about crime fiction, and spoke about my writing process to There’s Been A Murder.

Also in 2016, I selected my Top Ten Scottish Books for Books from Scotland; Stellar Quines Theatre Company made me their Quine of the Month where I reflected on female writers and the various jobs I have done over the years; and I wrote about Point of View for Books by Women.



Guardian Review – in 2019 I was named as one of Val McDermid’s ten most compelling LGBTQI+ writers working in the UK today.

Guardian Weekend Magazine – The Curious Case of Mr Lobban is a feature article I wrote about those who die with no next of kin.

The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News – this article appeared in all three papers and looks at the genesis of The Other Mrs Walker.

The Scotsman – The Write Stuff column featured extracts from both The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing and The Other Mrs Walker.

Times and Sunday Times Crime Club – The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing was a September 2019 pick. DIVA Magazine interviewed me in 2017 to mark the DIVA Literary Awards. I have featured in the Yorkshire Post and done Q&A’s for the Dundee Courier.



BBC Radio 4 Short Works – a short story, The Cleaner, read by Lesley Hart and directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.

BBC Radio Scotland Afternoon Show with Janice Forsyth – I was a 2020 Tuesday Reviewer discussing The Luminaries (BBC), Call My Agent (Netflix) and Scenes for Survival (NTS Digital Shorts)

BBC Radio 4’s Front Row – I talked all things foxes in literature with Kirsty Lang from the 2019 Edinburgh Festival, alongside the icon that is Basil Brush.

BBC Radio Norfolk – I discussed letters from WW1 written by my Great Great Uncle Percy Vere Stone to mark Remembrance Sunday 2019.

BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show with Grant Stott – I appeared in September 2019 to chat about, and read from, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing.

BBC Radio Scotland  – I joined a panel on Winter Weekend with Edi Stark in 2018 to talk about The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In 2016 I appeared on the Janice Forsyth Show talking about The Other Mrs Walker, and on Sunday Morning With… Richard Holloway discussing indigent funerals.