Doug Johnstone (born 22 July 1970) is a Scottish crime writer based in Edinburgh. His ninth novel Fault Lines was published by Orenda Books in May 2018. His 2015 book The Jump (published by Faber & Faber) was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Novel.
Doug Johnstone playing drums with "Fun Lovin' Crime Writers" at Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival, 2017
|Born||July 22, 1970|
Johnstone is a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow and he was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University from 2014-2016. He was a writer in residence at the University of Strathclyde from 2010-2012 and before that worked as a lecturer in creative writing. He has had several short stories appear in various publications, and since 1999 has worked as a freelance arts journalist, primarily covering music and literature. He is a singer, musician and songwriter in several bands, including Northern Alliance, part of the Fence Collective. Northern Alliance have released four albums, as well as recording an album as a fictional band called The Ossians, in parallel with Johnstone's 2008 novel of the same name. He has released two solo EPs - Keep It Afloat (including the autobiographical track I Used To Drum In A Rock'N'Roll Band), released in 2011, and 2014's I Did It Deliberately.
Johnstone has a degree in physics, a PhD in nuclear physics and a diploma in journalism. Before embarking on his literary career, he designed radar and missile guidance systems for military aircraft.
- Tombstoning (2006)
- The Ossians (2008)
- Smokeheads (2011)
- Hit & Run (2012)
- Gone Again (2013)
- The Dead Beat (2014)
- The Jump (2015)
- Crash Land (2016)
- Fault Lines (2018)
- Review : The Dead Beat by Doug Johnstone
- The story behind The Dead Beat - Online by Doug Johnstone