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Mark Douglas-Home is a journalist turned author. The Sea Detective, his first novel, was published in 2011 to critical praise. It introduced a new kind of investigator to crime fiction - an oceanographer called Cal McGill who tracks floating objects, including dead bodies, at sea. A sequel, The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea, was published in April 2013 ('a classic whodunit,' according to The Scotsman's respected reviewer Allan Massie).

 

Born 31 August 1951, he is the son of Edward Charles Douglas-Home, himself the son of the 13th Earl of Home, and Nancy Rose Straker-Smith. He was educated at Eton College and the University of the Witwatersrand.

 

Before writing books, Mark was editor of Scotland's leading daily newspaper, The Herald, for five years and editor of The Sunday Times Scotland. He has also held senior   roles with The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. When he was Scottish correspondent of The Independent he reported on both the Lockerbie and Piper Alpha disasters.

 

His career in journalism began as a student in South Africa where he edited the newspaper at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. After the apartheid government banned a number of editions, he was deported from the country.

 

He is married to Northern Irish journalist Colette Douglas-Home - who is a columnist for the Herald newspaper. The couple have two childre, Rebecca, picture editor on ES (The Evening Standard) Magazine. and Rory, director, public affairs and strategic communications, at FTI Consulting in Brussels . He lives in Edinburgh.

 

 

 

 

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