Ajay CloseAjay Close is a novelist and dramatist. Her first novel, Official and Doubtful, was published by Secker & Warburg and long-listed for the Orange Prize. This was followed by Forspoken, also published by Secker, and Trust, published by Blackfriars, the digital imprint of Little, Brown UK – and, in Scotland, by Tippermuir Books. Her latest novel, A Petrol Scented Spring, published by Sandstone Press, has been longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

The Keekin Gless, a play about Scots poet William Soutar, premiered at Perth Theatre in July 2009. The Sma Room Seance, a musical play based on Soutar’s life and work, toured Scotland in 2012 and was revived at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe.

Ajay’s first career was in journalism, where she won many awards.

Cover: A Petrol Scented Spring

Events and readings


October 4, 7pm
Imprint Book Festival, Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

October 8, 1pm
Portobello Book Festival, Portobello Baptist Church café, with Catherine Hokin

October 19-22,7.30pm
Cat and Mouse
, Goodlyburn Theatre,
Perth College, Crieff Road, Perth, https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/perthdramaclub

October 20, 2pm
Friends of Perth and Kinross Archive, AK Bell Library, Perth

A Petrol Scented Spring, a novel of repression, jealousy and love, and the struggle for women’s emancipation, was published on September 17. MORE
Available from Amazon


Trust, a novel about women, men, love and money, is available as a Blackfriars ebook from Amazon, iTunes, Google, Kobo, Waterstones, Foyles and Sony. A paperback edition is available in Scotland from selected booksellers. Details from tippermuirbooks@blueyonder.co.uk MORE

Trust cover


Petrol Scented Spring


A Petrol Scented Spring, Trust, Official and Doubtful and Forspoken are available on Amazon.