Welcome to Graskeggur

23 November 2009

Quentin Bates is a writer and journalist who has recently made the move into fiction with the first of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland.


Latest blogs

Go on, try something new

12 October 2014

 Like most of us who write for this blog, and I’d imagine, like most of those who read it, I don’t have far to reach for a book to read. I live in a house that’s slightly too small for the number of books it contains, like an overweight jogger desperately trying to slim down to get into last year’s trousers. {Read more about Go on, try something new}

New book sitrep

28 September 2014

 I’m sick of the sight of the book I’m working on at the moment. There, I’ve said it. I feel like I’ve admitted to hating my own child. But the feeling will pass... {Read more about New book sitrep}

Writing Process Blog

11 May 2014

 There’s a game of internet tag that has been doing the rounds, with writers tagging each other to answer a series of questions about the processes behind their work. {Read more about Writing Process Blog}
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What others are saying

'Superior crime fiction set in Iceland... this is a well constructed, well written and satisfying police procedural.'Marcel Berlins, The Times.

‘[A] crackling fiction debut ... palpable authenticity.’Publishers Weekly

‘A great read – leaves you craving the next installment.’Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

‘A meticulously constructed thriller, peopled with exceptionally convincing characters and shot through with black humour... as chilling as an Icelandic winter.’S.J. Bolton

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