Booker Prize Foundation’s 

Universities Initiative

This September, as part of the Booker Prize Foundation's Universities Initiative, all new first year undergraduate students will receive a FREE copy of Graeme Macrae Burnet's acclaimed book, His Bloody Project, when collecting their student ID cards. This gift is part of an international initiative to encourage students to read contemporary fiction.  It has been jointly funded by The Booker Prize Foundation and the University of Stirling. His Bloody Project was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016.

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Special event with the author

On Wednesday 15 November, Graeme Macrae Burnet will visit campus for a special free event. This evening event will take place in Logie Lecture Theatre and all are welcome to attend. To book your place at this event, or for further information, please see our Events Calendar.


In 1869, the case of Roderick Macrae gripped the British public: newspapers slavishly followed his trial, and ‘penny dreadfuls’ gleefully described the gory details of the brutal slaying of three people in a remote crofting community. In His Bloody Project, author Graeme Macrae Burnet recounts the story of the murders and the subsequent trial.

Roderick’s memoir, along with court transcripts, medical reports, police statements and newspaper articles, show that the accused readily admitted his guilt…leaving only the persuasive powers of his advocate standing between him and the gallows. So why didn’t he defend himself more vigorously, or try to cover up the crime? Was he stupid? Insane? Or did he have another motive?

Brought together, the documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae reveal much about a merciless triple-murder that shocked the nation. But do they reveal just why a young man would commit the most atrocious acts of violence? And will he hang?

His Bloody Project book cover


The University of Stirling was one of just six universities in the UK selected to take part in the Booker Prize Foundation's University Initiative. This innovative programme, designed to create a shared intellectual experience for the incoming class, brings an author shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize to campus.

Free copies of the Man Booker nominated novel are given to every first year student in the University, regardless of their chosen field of study.

Previous authors who visited the University of Stirling were DBC Pierre, Mohsin Hamid, Adam Foulds, Sarah Waters, Deborah Levy and Ben Okri.  As well as giving masterclasses and interviews, the authors give public readings and take questions from a large, enthusiastic student audience.

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