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Graeme Macrae Burnet - Case Study

At:The Portobello Bookshop

On:28th October 2021, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Graeme Macrae Burnet - Case Study at The Portobello Bookshop

We're excited to be hosting an event with Graeme Macrae Burnet to celebrate his eagerly-anticipated novel, Case Study. Graeme will be in conversation with novelist and memoir writer, Catherine Simpson.

The event will be streamed live from the bookshop to attendees viewing from home. We are currently planning for this event to take place in the bookshop with a small in-person audience. However, depending on COVID regulations at the time of the event, those purchasing the book & in-person audience option will also receive the link to watch the event from home, should we be unable to welcome people to the bookshop on the night.

“I have decided to write down everything that happens, because I feel, I suppose, I may be putting myself in danger.”

London, 1965. An unworldly young woman believes that a charismatic psychotherapist, Collins Braithwaite, has driven her sister to suicide. Intent on confirming her suspicions, she assumes a false identity and presents herself to him as a client, recording her experiences in a series of notebooks. But she soon finds herself drawn into a world in which she can no longer be certain of anything. Even her own character.

In Case Study, Graeme Macrae Burnet presents these notebooks interspersed with his own biographical research into Collins Braithwaite. The result is a dazzling – and often wickedly humorous – meditation on the nature of sanity, identity and truth itself, by one of the most inventive novelists writing today.

Graeme Macrae Burnet is the author of three acclaimed novels, including two titles in the Inspector Gorski series – The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau, which won a Scottish Book Trust Writer’s Award, and The Accident on the A35, which was longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2018. His Bloody Project was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award and the Vrij Netherlands Thriller of the Year, and was shortlisted for the LA Times Book Awards.

Catherine Simpson is a novelist and memoir writer. Her novel Truestory (Sandstone Press, 2015) is inspired by the experience of raising her autistic daughter, Nina. Her memoir When I Had a Little Sister (4th Estate, 2019) explores her sister Tricia’s death by suicide. Another memoir One Body: A retrospective, in which she reassesses the life and times of her body after recovery from breast cancer, is forthcoming from Saraband in 2022.

When you purchase a signed – and if requested, dedicated – copy of Case Study via the options below, you will also receive access to the livestream of the event. There is also an option to purchase a £3 voucher which provides access to the livestream. The voucher can be used on any item in the bookshop and on our website – including books by featured authors. Following Scottish Government advice and guidelines, in-person audience attendees will be asked to wear a face covering inside the bookshop unless they are exempt.

Please note that tickets for our events are non-refundable. Thank you for your understanding.

The venue

The Portobello Bookshop

46 Portobello High Street
EH15 1DA

Telephone: 0131 629 6756


Wheelchair Access

We have a ramp at the front of the shop which has a ratio of 1:10 and loading capacity of 300kg, and so should be able to be used by most wheelchair users or those with mobility vehicles. The front doors are fully automated. Our shop interior is designed to allow access throughout for wheelchair users and prams, though please note there is only 700mm wide clearance to access the staff toilet.


We use a PA system to enhance the audio at our live events. We also have a hearing loop system installed, if you’d like to use our loop system during an event please let us know and we’ll make sure we have it setup and connected to the live audio feed during the event. If you wish to attend an event and require BSL interpretation, please give us a few weeks notice and we’ll do our best to arrange an interpreter.