Burnt Island FORTHCOMING May 15th (pre-order available)

Burnt Island (click on image to pre-order)

Struggling writer Max Long arrives on Burnt Island to work on his next novel. There he encounters bestselling author James Fairfax, whom Max suspects of not being the real author of the book that has made his fortune. Furthermore, Fairfax’s wife has gone missing.

In a desperate bid for success, Max decides to compromise his talent by writing a horror bestseller. Recently divorced and increasingly mentally unstable, he witnesses disturbing visions that take the form of the horror he is attempting to write. Is Max losing his mind – or his soul? What is the truth about Fairfax? And what is the secret of Burnt Island?

An ironic satire on literary ambition, Alice Thompson’s sixth novel soon turns into something much darker. Burnt Island will be published on May 15th 2013 by Salt Publishing.


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The Existential Detective (click on image to buy):

Praise for The Existential Detective:-

‘Reminiscent of the dislocation and dream-infested landscape that inhabits Auster’s work … Alice Thompson has bent the detective novel to her own will and produced something rather exciting.’
Louise Welsh, Scottish Review of Books

‘Alice Thompson … grabs hold of the detective fiction tradition, flings it in the air, lets it crash to the floor, and jumps on it till it’s in smithereens. She then reconstructs it into something that doesn’t yet have a name … The Existential Detective is unsettling, unsettlingly erotic, and somehow sadly beautiful. Thompson is fast becoming one of the most original and formidable writers in the English language today.’
The Sunday Herald

‘Thompson’s uncanniest – and best – novel yet.’
Nicholas Royle, The Independent

‘A Scottish noir thriller … is merely the veneer behind which the author is exploring a different kind of story. … Thompson … conjures up a strange universe for her characters, drawing the reader in with teasing prose and suggestive paradoxes … but the real suspense comes from the way the author plays with her shadowy characters, her more surreal clues and, ultimately, her readers.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Haunting, strange, Kafkaesque, poetic mystery set in Portobello.’
Ian Rankin (via Twitter)

‘A deeply moving and compelling read, packed with mysterious goings-on and bloodcurdling shocks, all counterbalanced by the author’s trademark subtle and elegant prose … Remarkable.’
Camille Pia, The List

‘A detective story refracted through David Lynch’s lens … Readers should … prepare to be drawn into an unsettling netherworld of charm and lunacy, both serious and anarchic, much like Lewis Carroll’s 150 year old tale, just with more sex.’ Gutter Magazine


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The Falconer (click on image to buy):
“One of modern fiction’s most unique voices. . . expertly combining compelling storytelling with a cleverly constructed, elegant and metaphor-ridden style.” Camilla Pia

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Pharos (click on image to buy):
Creative Scotland Award (2000)

“A gothic music video of a novel that whirls with weirdness. . . madly energetic. . . genuinely scary.”  Stephen King

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Pandora’s Box (click on image to buy):
Stakis Scottish Writer of the Year (Shortlisted 1998)

“A high wire act of a novel.  Try to resist it and you can’t.”  Fay Weldon

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Justine (click on image to buy):
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (joint with Graham Swift) 1996

“Angela Carter crossed with the Scottish diffidence of Muriel Spark” Ali Smith

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