Ajay 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 (Secker & Warburg); Trust (Blackfriars, and Tippermuir Books); and A Petrol Scented Spring (Sandstone Press), which was longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

Her latest novel, The Daughter of Lady Macbeth, will be published by Sandstone Press in February 2017.

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. Cat and Mouse, about the Scottish suffragettes, premiered at Goodlyburn Theatre, Perth, in October 2016.

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

Cover: The Daughter of Lady Macbeth

Events and readings


February 16, 6.30pm
AK Bell Library, Perth, launch of Daughter of Lady Macbeth

February 17, 7.30pm
Aberfeldy Town Hall, Breadalbane Heritage Society, A Petrol Scented Spring

February 23, 6.30pm
Blackwells, Edinburgh, launch of Daughter of Lady Macbeth

March 8, 8pm
Toppings Bookshop, St Andrews, The Daughter of Lady Macbeth, with Salley Vickers

March 15, 7pm
Paisley Library, The Daughter of Lady Macbeth

March 18, 2pm
Callendar House, Falkirk, A Petrol Scented Spring

March 25, 12.30pm
Invercarse Hotel, Perth Road, Dundee. Graduate Women Scotland – East spring lunch. A Petrol Scented Spring

May 9, 7.30pm
Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy. Discussion of motherhood and The Daughter of Lady Macbeth.

A Petrol Scented Spring

A Petrol Scented Spring, a novel of repression, jealousy and love, and the struggle for women’s emancipation, is now available in large print and as an audiobook MORE

Available from Amazon

Petrol Scented Spring


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

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Petrol Scented Spring


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