Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Meet the Farmer Whose Stock Is Rising Fast in Literary World; as Newcastle's Book Festival, Books on Tyne, Begins, DAVID WHETSTONE Looks at Some of the Treats in Store

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Meet the Farmer Whose Stock Is Rising Fast in Literary World; as Newcastle's Book Festival, Books on Tyne, Begins, DAVID WHETSTONE Looks at Some of the Treats in Store

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Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE

JAMES Oswald runs a 350-acre livestock farm in Fife, raising pedigree Highland cattle and Romney sheep - but that is not why he's coming to Books on Tyne this week.

What brings him to the Lit & Phil, sharing hosting duties at the Newcastle book festival with the City Library, are his talents as a crime writer.

Relatively new on the scene, Oswald become the subject of a bidding war after his self-published e-books - Natural Causes and sequel The Book of Souls - realised six-figure sales as downloads on Kindle and the like.

Penguin won the right to publish the novels in book form and soon the Scottish farmer found himself on the shortlist for a Crime Writers' Association award.

Oswald is still farming but the fifth book in his Inspector McLean series (The Hangman's Song and Dead Men's Bones followed the initial pair) came out earlier this year, a hardback debut underlining the high regard in which he is held by the powers in publishing.

If you thought the bookshops were overcrowded with fictional detectives, you might be right. But they wouldn't be there if readers didn't like them.

Detective Inspector Anthony McLean is based in Edinburgh. He was brought up by his grandmother after his parents were killed. In adulthood solving grisly crimes has become his livelihood.

In the latest book the search for a missing journalist is called off when a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder.

Our hero now "must track down a killer driven by the darkest compulsions who will answer only to a higher power".

Gruesome but clearly compelling.

The sixth McLean adventure, The Damage Done, is already available as an e-book and is expected to hit print in February, putting James Oswald closer to being mentioned in the same breath as compatriots Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. …

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