Iain Kelly

Iain lives in East Kilbride, near Glasgow in Scotland, where he spends most all his time raising his twin son and daughter. He works full-time as a television editor, making various programmes across a range of genres, and has recently taken up a new exciting opportunity with an independent company after 16 years with the BBC. When he finds the time, Iain indulges in his passion for writing stories.

His first novel, A Justified State, was published in late 2018, and the follow-up, State Of Denial, was released in 2019. The conclusion to ‘The State’ trilogy, ‘State Of War’, was released in May 2020. 'The Barra Boy', due out in June 2022, is his first novel to be published in partnership with The Book Guild.

Iain Kelly's Books

ISBN: 9781914471933


The Barra Boy

June 28, 2022

1982. Thirteen-year-old Ewan Fraser is sent to the remote island of Barra, off Scotland’s west coast, to stay with his aunt and uncle.

Resigned to a monotonous summer of boredom, he is befriended by local girl Laura Robertson; together they explore the golden beaches and rocky coves of the idyllic island.

But a dark secret that connects Laura to the mysterious outcast Mhairi Matheson and her son, Billy, is hidden beneath the tranquil surface…

A secret that threatens to tear the small community apart.

Forty years later, Ewan returns to confront the truth about the formative summer of his adolescence, and finally learn the truth about Laura and the boy from Barra.

Iain Kelly lives in East Kilbride in Scotland, where he spends most of his time raising his twins. He graduated from the University of Glasgow with a master’s degree in English Literature and Film & Television Studies and works as an editor in the television industry. Any spare time is spent writing, reading and watching stories. His first novel, A Justified State (2018), was followed by State Of Denial (2019) and State Of War (2020).