The 2022 Booker judges on Case Study: “A mystery story—or is it?—that takes us into the heart of the psychoanalytical consulting room. Or does it? Interleaving a biography of radical ‘60s ‘untherapist’ Collins Braithwaite with the notebooks of his patient ‘Rebecca’, a young woman seeking answers about the death of her sister, ‘GMB’ presents a forensic, elusive and mordantly funny text(s) layered with questions about authenticity and the self.”
“We’re delighted to be the North American publishers of Graeme Macrae Burnet’s Case Study, a fabulously playful novel of psychological intrigue that kept us guessing from the first pages through to the last,” says Dan Wells, owner and publisher of Biblioasis. “A joyful puzzle of a book, brilliant and funny, it’s no surprise to us that it has made the Booker longlist: our congratulations go out to Graeme, and we look forward to introducing readers to the world of Collins Braithwaite and Rebecca Smyth (or whoever she may in fact be).”
Case Study is Macrae Burnet’s second book to be recognized by the Booker Prize. His novel His Bloody Project was shortlisted in 2015. This is also Biblioasis’ second book that has made the Booker longlist in the past four years, the first being Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann in 2019.
Case Study was published in the UK in 2021, and has received wide acclaim since its release. The novel was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and shortlisted for the Ned Kelly International Crime Prize.
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The Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969. Its aim was to stimulate the reading and discussion of contemporary fiction. The shortlist will be announced on September 6, 2022, and the winner will be announced on October 17, 2022. Congratulations and best of luck to Graeme!
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Longlisted for the 2022 Gordon Burn Prize • Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2022
The Booker-shortlisted author of His Bloody Project blurs the lines between patient and therapist, fiction and documentation, and reality and dark imagination.
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 among Scotland’s leading contemporary novelists. Best known for his dazzling Booker-shortlisted second novel, His Bloody Project (2015), he is also the author of two Simenon-influenced novels: The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau (2014) and The Accident on the A35 (2017). Burnet has appeared at literary festivals in Australia, the USA, Germany, India, Russia, Spain, France, Korea, Denmark and Estonia. His novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and achieved bestseller status in several countries. He lives and works in Glasgow.