The Ties That Bind: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s Breakers…

As Scots Whay Hae! moves towards its 10th year one writer in particular has been with us most of the way – the estimable Doug Johnstone. Since 2011’s Smokeheads he has published novels at a rate of almost one a year (a fantastic run which should be celebrated) all of which have been reviewed on … Continue reading The Ties That Bind: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s Breakers…

Pyroclastic Fantastic: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s Fault Lines…

Let’s lay our cards on the table before we begin – Doug Johnstone is not only one of SWH!’s favourite writers, but among our favourite people, holding the joint record for podcast appearances with the equally loved and admired Louise Welsh. As such, a new novel from the man is a cause for celebration round … Continue reading Pyroclastic Fantastic: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s Fault Lines…

Brace Yourself: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s Crash Land…

There are few things I look forward to more than a new Doug Johnstone novel. Over the last decade, beginning with 2006’s Tombstoning, he has produced a body of work which manages to be familiar yet absolutely individual, and has written thrillers which defy formula. Since 2011’s Smokeheads in particular it has felt as if this … Continue reading Brace Yourself: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s Crash Land…

Dr In The House: The Scots Whay Hae! Podcast Talks To Doug Johnstone…

The latest podcast sees Ali taking a break from all things festive in Edinburgh to talk to Doug Johnstone about his latest novel The Jump. In doing so they discover it’s not an easy book to talk about without giving away spoilers, but just about manage to avoid it. Their conversation touches on ‘domestic noir’, … Continue reading Dr In The House: The Scots Whay Hae! Podcast Talks To Doug Johnstone…

The Importance Of Being Honest: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s The Jump…

Seven novels in and it seems like Doug Johnstone’s writing is developing two distinct strands. There’s the fast paced, pulp fiction of Smokeheads, Hit & Run and The Dead Beat which are steeped in sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll with lashings of booze and self-loathing, and which have earned him a reputation as one … Continue reading The Importance Of Being Honest: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s The Jump…

Take It To The Bridge: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s The Dead Beat…

Almost as sure an indicator of Spring’s arrival as the first cuckoo is the publication of the latest Doug Johnstone novel, and it is just as welcome. It was always going to be difficult to follow up last year’s Gone Again which, while still being distinctly Doug, was a more involving and emotional novel than … Continue reading Take It To The Bridge: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s The Dead Beat…

Echo Beach: The Scots Whay Hae! Podcast’s Annual Trip To Talk To Doug Johnstone By The Sea…

Hello folks! In this month’s exciting episode… Ali and Ian take the Scots Whay Hae! podcast to The Espy in Portobello, making the now annual trip to the seaside to meet and talk to novelist Doug Johnstone. Last time there was fog and fighting dugs. This time was a tamer affair, although the chat was … Continue reading Echo Beach: The Scots Whay Hae! Podcast’s Annual Trip To Talk To Doug Johnstone By The Sea…

Once More, With Feeling: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s Gone Again…

After a run of thrilling novels that include the The Ossians, Smokeheads and Hit & Run you might think that you would be able to recognise a Doug Johnstone novel from the first couple of pages. His latest, Gone Again, proves that to be both true and false. The style is recognisably his, with short … Continue reading Once More, With Feeling: A Review Of Doug Johnstone’s Gone Again…

Pills, Thrills & Faulty Brakes: A Review of Doug Johnstone’s Hit & Run…

Doug Johnstone’s last novel Smokeheads was the most breathless and exciting book I read last year, the action only stopping for a swift glug of single malt before matters move on to the next bloody setpiece.  It announced Johnstone’s arrival as a writer who had discovered a voice and style that was all their own. … Continue reading Pills, Thrills & Faulty Brakes: A Review of Doug Johnstone’s Hit & Run…

Whisky, Blood and Rock n’ Roll: An Interview with Doug Johnstone…

After reading and reviewing Doug Johnstone’s excellent Smokeheads (see For Peat’s Sake: Doug Johnstone’s ‘Smokeheads’…) I thought a man who loves writing, whisky and music would be the ideal person to appear on these pages. Mr Johnstone not only writes some of the most thrilling fiction coming out of Scotland, he fronts the band Northern Alliance, … Continue reading Whisky, Blood and Rock n’ Roll: An Interview with Doug Johnstone…