Graeme Shimmin

Graeme Shimmin
Born (1967-09-24) 24 September 1967
Manchester, United Kingdom
Occupation Writer
Nationality British
Period (2013–present)
Genre Science fiction/Alternate history

Graeme Shimmin (born 24 September 1967),[1] is a British science-fiction novelist and blogger.

Early life

Shimmin was born in Manchester, UK. He studied Physics at Durham University and worked in IT for fifteen years[2] before completing a Creative Writing MA at Manchester Metropolitan University.[3]


Shimmin has released one novel through Transworld Publishers - A Kill in the Morning, an alternate history/sci-fi thriller set in an alternate 1955 Britain and Europe after the death of Winston Churchill in 1941.[4] The novel received mixed reviews from Booklist,[5] Publishers Weekly,[6] SFX Magazine[7] and Interzone,[8] and Stephen Baxter endorsed it as "A terrific debut".[9]

The novel, which Shimmin started whilst doing an MA at Manchester Metropolitan University,[10] was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award in 2013[11] and won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year 2013.[12]

In 2014, Shimmin's blog was shortlisted for the Blog North Awards, which are part of the Manchester Literature Festival, in the Arts and Culture section[13] He has also had articles re-posted on Huffington Post,[14] Forbes,[15] and Slate.[16]


Shimmin has claimed his influences include Robert Harris, Alistair MacLean, and Len Deighton[17] Maxim Jakubowski has described Shimmin's influences as Ian Fleming, and Geoffrey Household [18]



  1. "Graeme Shimmin". Internet Speculative Fiction Database.
  2. "Civilian Reader interview with Graeme Shimmin". Civilian Reader.
  3. "Published Students". Manchester Writing School.
  4. "Graeme Shimmin". Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
  5. "Booklist". Booklist. 1 October 2015.
  6. "Publishers Weekly". Publishers Weekly. 1 November 2015.
  7. "SFX Book Reviews". SFX. August 2014.
  8. "Interzone Book Reviews". Interzone. September 2014.
  9. "A Kill in the Morning". Random House.
  10. "Creative Writing graduate lands international contract". Manchester Metropolitan University. 16 July 2013.
  11. "The Terry Pratchett First Novel Award Shortlist Announcement". Terry Pratchett. 3 April 2013.
  12. "YouWriteOn Book of Year 2013". YouWriteOn. 24 Oct 2013.
  13. "The Blog North Award Shortlist 2014". Blog North Awards. 8 October 2014.
  14. "Was Abraham Lincoln an Atheist". Huffington Post.
  15. "TV Not Quite Dead, But Time To Pull The Plug?". Forbes.
  16. "What Are the Qualities of Good Fiction Writing?". Slate.
  17. "Interview with Graeme Shimmin". Big Thrill.
  18. "A Kill in the Morning". Love Reading.

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