Catriona Child was born in Dundee in 1980 and now lives in Edinburgh. She studied English at the University of Aberdeen and completed an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She has worked as a postie, in a cinema, and in a music shop, while she also spent a great deal of her youth ploughing up and down swimming pools… which gives some clues to the two novels she had published to date.

Her first novel, Trackman, was published in 2012, with the main character, David Watts, working in a music shop. The Herald newspaper described it as having ‘all the makings of a cult hit.’ Trackman is a magical tale of love and loss, music and memories, hope and forgiveness.

Two years later, her second novel, Swim Until You Can’t See Land, came out. (The title coming from a song by the band, Frightened Rabbit)

Listen to Catriona Child on the Read All About It podcast HERE


1. Favourite book from childhood
Alex by Tessa Duder

2. Favourite book from formative years
The Crow Road by Iain Banks

3. A book you’d recommend to anyone
Watership Down by Richard Adams

4. A book you couldn’t be paid to read again.
The Twelve by Justin Cronin

5. The last book you read or are currently reading
– We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer.
– How to be Both by Ali Smith