Doug Johnstone is an author, journalist and musician based in Edinburgh. He writes contemporary thrillers about ordinary people thrown into extreme situations. The Jump, Breakers and A Dark Matter have all been short-listed for the McIlvanney Prize. His work has received praise from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin, William McIlvanney, Megan Abbott and Christopher Brookmyre. Breakers and The Skelfs series are being adapted for screen.
Doug is currently the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. He’s had short stories appear in various publications and anthologies, and since 1999 he has worked as a freelance arts journalist, primarily covering music and literature. He is also a mentor and manuscript assessor for The Literary Consultancy and for Emergents in the Scottish Highlands.
Doug is a singer, musician and songwriter and has released seven albums and EPs to critical acclaim. He has a diploma in journalism, a degree in physics and a PhD in experimental nuclear physics. He plays drums in the Funlovin' Crime Writers. And he is one of the co-founders of the Scotland Writers Football Club, for whom he puts in a shift in midfield.
Represented by: Philip Patterson
Photograph credit: Chris Scott
The Opposite of Lonely (Orenda, 2023)
The Space Between Us (Orenda, 2023)
The Great Silence (Orenda, 2021)
The Big Chill (Orenda, 2020)
A Dark Matter (Orenda, 2020)
Breakers (Orenda, 2019)