Mary Paulson-Ellis

One of Val McDermid’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase

“Firmly rooted both in the secret lives of Edinburgh and what she calls ‘the murderous side of family life – the dark, the quirky and the strange.’” – Val McDermid

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Edinburgh novelist of the overlooked. Likes to wander in graveyards.

Mary Paulson-Ellis is the author of two novels, The Other Mrs Walker, a Times Bestseller and Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year, and The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing. Both feature detectives who are not really detectives and deal with what happens if you die with no next of kin. In 2017 she was shortlisted as a Breakthrough Author in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, and Highly Commended as a Rising Star in the DIVA Literary Awards. She lives and works in Edinburgh, where her novels are set.



  • 2019 – The Other Mrs Walker
  • 2016 – The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing

Short Fiction

  • 2016 – Not My Type, Dangerous Women Project (IASH & University of Edinburgh)
  • 2013 – A Wee Minding, Gutter 09 (Freight)
  • 2013 – The Lost Property of the Pastons ( & Norwich UNESCO City of Literature)
  • 2013 – Dissection (LGBT History Month Scotland)
  • 2011 – Lifecakes, 26 Stories of Christmas (
  • 2009 – The Monday to Friday Routine, Gutter 03 (Freight)
  • 2008 – Faith, Let’s Pretend: 37 stories about (In)fidelity (Freight)
  • 2008 – The Language of Flowers (The Herald)
  • 2007 – The Research Club (Chroma, Daily Telegraph)
  • 2007 – Suicide, From Glasgow to Saturn (University of Glasgow)
  • 2006 – The Story of the Boy Who’ll Not Have Done It, New Writing Scotland 24 (ASLS)


  • 2017 – Thomas Beach’s Grave, 26 Writers in Residence (
  • 2015 – Miss Montgomery’s Final Bequest, 26 Children’s Winters ( & the Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh)
  • 2012 – Edwin’s E-zine, Clockworks Vol 1 (Clockworks)

Contact Mary


Website: Twitter: @mspaulsonellis


Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander Associates


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