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About me

My name is Graeme Shimmin. I was born in Manchester, UK in 1967, so I’ll never see England win the World Cup. According to my Mother, my first word was ‘Satellite’. It was downhill from there.

Graeme Shimmin - Author Photo

After graduating from Hazel Grove High School and Durham University, I lived in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK for several years. Despite this, I still have a soft spot for Newcastle United F.C.. I worked freelance for various rapacious financial institutions on a series of dysfunctional, disastrous and/or otherwise doomed projects until 2003, when I decided to throw it all away and become a writer.

However, there’s only one way to make a small fortune as a writer – start with a large fortune. The subsequent almost total reduction in income lead to me moving to Donegal, Republic of Ireland for three years to live in a cottage with half a roof. Eventually I came back to do an MA in Creative Writing. The weather is better in Manchester, so that’s something.

My novel A Kill in the Morning, which was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award, was bought by a major publishing house, Transworld, and published in June 2014. You can read the opening here: the first two chapters of A Kill in the Morning.

As I have a dog, my only remaining ambition is to live forever.

Graeme Shimmin: Interviews

Manchester Metropolitan University

International Thriller Writers

Civilian Reader

Book Plank

Alternate History Weekly Update


Quora podcast interview

Graeme Shimmin: Media Pack

Includes frequently asked questions about me and about A Kill in the Morning, contact details, author and book cover photos, etc.

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You never write, you never call…

If you’ve got a specific query then please email me or my agents AM Heath. If you’d just like to stay in touch with the life and increasingly bizarre times of Graeme Shimmin, then click on the links below.

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