Claire Askew is a poet, novelist and the Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. Her debut novel in progress was the winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and longlisted for the 2014 Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) Novel Award.
Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and has won a variety of accolades for her work, including the Jessie Kesson Fellowship and a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.
Her debut, All The Hidden Truths, was the winner of the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2019, and was also longlisted for two CWA Daggers: Gold (best novel) and John Creasey (best debut).
Her debut poetry collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Saltire First Book
In 2016 Claire was selected as a Scottish Book Trust Reading Champion, and she works as the Scotland tutor for women’s writing initiatives Write Like A Grrrl! and #GrrrlCon. Cover Your Tracks is her third novel.
Cover Your Tracks
“This novel includes plenty of credible crimes and it throws light on the way women’s expectations of themselves and their partners have changed in the last half-century. There is warmth in the narrative that makes Helen’s various struggles engaging.” Literary Review
“This is a well-written, beautifully atmospheric crime novel, supplying a feast of mounting tension and a
doggedly determined pair of detectives. I loved it!” On Magazine