Morag Joss

Morag Joss was born in England in 1955 and from the age of four grew up in Ayrshire, Scotland. She became a writer in 1996 after an early career in arts and museum management.

She is the author of eight novels, including the Sara Selkirk series, and Half Broken Things,[1] which won the Crime Writers Association (CWA) Silver Dagger Award. She began writing in 1996 after a short story of hers was runner-up in a national competition sponsored by Good Housekeeping magazine. A visit to the Roman Baths with crime writer P.D. James germinated the plot of her first novel, Funeral Music (1998), the first in the Sara Selkirk series. It was nominated for a Dilys Award for the year's best mystery published in the USA.

Her later novels have moved increasingly towards literary fiction. In 2008 she was a Heinrich Böll writer in residence on Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland.

Half Broken Things was adapted as a television film in 2007, starring Penelope Wilton.

In 2009 her sixth novel, The Night Following (2008) won a coveted Edgar Award nomination in the Best Novel category.[2]


Sara Selkirk novels

  1. Funeral Music (1998 - nominated for the Dilys Award)
  2. Fearful Symmetry (1999)
  3. Fruitful Bodies (2001)

Other novels

  1. Half-Broken Things (2003 - CWA Silver Dagger award winner)
  2. Puccini's Ghosts (2005)
  3. The Night Following (2008 - nominated for the Edgar Award in Best Novel category)
  4. Across the Bridge (2011)[3] (U.S. title, Among the Missing)
  5. Our Picnics in the Sun (2013)
  6. Good to Go


  1. Bernas, Ron. "Happiness is a life that isn't their own" (Review). Lawrence Journal-World, 30 October 2005, p. 2E. Retrieved on 30 May 2013.
  2. Flood, Alison. "'Edgars' shortlist heralds Poe bicentenary". The Guardian, 19 January 2009. Retrieved on 30 May 2013.
  3. BBC Radio Scotland. "The Book Cafe, 29/08/2011". 29 August 2011. Retrieved on 30 May 2013.

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