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Christopher Brookmyre first hit the British bookshelves in the summer of 1996 with Quite Ugly One Morning, a scurrilous satire on the then Conservative government’s NHS reforms. The book won the inaugural Critics’ First Blood award for the best first crime novel of the year, but is destined to be remembered principally for featuring a huge jobbie on a mantelpiece in its opening chapter.

Its sequel, Country Of The Blind, provided a second outing for morally ambiguous uber-hack Jack Parlabane, this time tenaciously probing who killed media-mogul Roland Voss (not least because Parlabane would have quite liked to do it himself). Brookmyre’s third novel, the Los Angeles-set Not The End Of The World, takes on millennial hysteria, Christian fundamentalism, pornography, cheesy b-movies and bad hair. It has been described as “gloriously unsound”.

Christopher Brookmyre was born in Glasgow in 1968, and has worked as a journalist in London, Los Angeles and Edinburgh, contributing to Screen International, The Scotsman, the Edinburgh Evening News and The Absolute Game. Contrary to the official version, Quite Ugly One Morning was in fact his fourth novel, but the first one to find a publisher. It followed two veritable duffers and a more promising third, which has subsequently been optioned for a film adaptation. He is married with no parasitic spawn.



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