Ajay Close is a Scottish-based dramatist and writer of literary fiction. Her novels explore the emotional flashpoints of place, politics and family. The psychological thriller Official and Doubtful, about a woman who kills her husband and goes on the run, was long-listed for the Orange Prize. ('Brave, vulnerable, intensely observant and articulate, packed with life,' John le Carré.) Forspoken features the daughter of a notorious countercultural psychiatrist who comes to believe she has been cursed. ('A rare gift of combining tartness and empathy, intellectual reach and an up-to-speed take on contemporary madness,' Candia McWilliam.) Trust is a story of women, men, love and money over three decades ("a serious book for grown-ups who want the world taken not with a pinch of salt but with something a little stronger." Scotsman)
A Petrol Scented Spring, a riveting novel of repression, jealousy and love, and the struggle for women's emancipation, was long-listed for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Ajay's latest novel, The Daughter of Lady Macbeth ('sensual, wise and raw,' Rosemary Goring), explores love, family, and the kernel of mystery in the people we think we know inside out.