Craig Robertson

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Craig Robertson

Craig Robertson is a former journalist who interviewed three Prime Ministers, reported on major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

He also did more interesting stuff like deliver a lamb, spend a week drinking whisky on a yacht, learn to walk like a Masai warrior, spend time on Death Row in the USA, and dispense polio drops in the backstreets of India.

Craig turned to crime with the publication of his debut Random in 2010. Since then, he’s lived a life of murder, mayhem and swearing, yet has so far managed to evade justice.

His accomplishments include being a judge at the world black pudding championships, a judge at the world porridge championships, a judge at the Scottish steak pie championships and being an international bestseller. He’s variously been part-owner of a racehorse, a pub, and a semi-professional football team.

Craig now shares his time between Scotland and California, where his wife –author Alexandra Sokoloff – is from. They live with a cat. The cat is also American, so accents are a problem.


Interviewed 19 December 2020

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Shelf-stacker. Cataloguer. Journalist. Author. Words. Research. Words. Edits. Words. Wine.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Scissors. An Echo Show. A clock. Our cat Clooney. My phone. A Rick Stein cookbook. A bowl of fruit. Our garden. And I can see clearly now the rain has gone.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

There’s a swordfish dish I do that takes eight and a half minutes. That okay? It needs chives, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic and butter.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Selma Hayek. Kenny Dalglish. Barack Obama. Andy Murray. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Greta Thunberg (soft drink only). Al Pacino.

Six things you can't live without ...

My phone. Fitzgerald’s Multiseed & Cereal Bagel Slims. Black pudding. Google. My wife. The cat.

Five favourite words ...

Dreich. Gossamer. Epiphany. Bawbag. Tumultuous.

Four places you'd run away to ...

The Faroe Islands. Puerto Rico. Bute. Iceland.

Three books you've bought recently ...

A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone, Violet by SJI Holliday, and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death by Corinne May Botz

Two things that make you rant ...

Just two?? People walking while texting. People texting while walking.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Everyone else is as unsure, nervous and clueless as you are. They’re hiding it just like you.