Christopher Brookmyre

Nationality: Scottish
Born: 6 September 1968

Chris Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix comedy, politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. Brookmyre has published eighteen novels to date, the latest being Black Widow. In 2006 Chris won the seventh Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction with All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses An Eye. In 2005 Christopher was named Young Alumnus of the Year by the University of Glasgow; he has subsequently been awarded honorary doctorates. Chris has been shortlisted three times for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award: in 2007 for All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye, in 2008 for A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil and in 2012 for Where The Bodies Are Buried.


  • Quite Ugly One Morning was the winner of the Critics' First Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel of the Year in 1996.
  • Bampot Central was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Macallan Short Story Dagger in 1997.
  • Boiling a Frog won the Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective in 2000.
  • All Fun And Games until Someone Loses an Eye was the winner of the seventh Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction in 2006.
  • Black Widow won the McIlvanney Prize, previously known as the Scottish Crime Book of the year, in 2016.

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