‘Bateman has barged fearlessly into the previously unsuspected middle ground between Carl Hiaasen and Irvine Welsh and claimed it for his own’

‘If Roddy Doyle was as good as people say, he would probably write novels like this’

It may come as a surprise that the story of how Colin Bateman first came to be published is almost as infamous as his characters. Vamoosing the small Northern Irish seaside town of Bangor, he soon bagged a job writing a satirical column for the County Down Spectator, a column which received vociferous response from its readers. It's not a small claim to fame that he is one of the few people who has ever been sued by The Boys Brigade.

His first novel - Divorcing Jack - initially languished as he did in the bath when the idea came to him. "I'd just read a series of detective books which made me realise that instead of trying to write the great classic novel of all time, I should write something quite simple." It then went on to win the Betty Trask Prize. Other awards include a Northern Ireland Press Award for his weekly satirical column and a Journalist's Fellowship to Oxford University.

But languish he did no more. He has now written six novels with the most recent being The Horse With My Name - the latest Dan Starkey adventure - and Murphy's Law to be released in November. Murphy's Law's publication will accompany the screening of it's dramatization starring none other than James Nesbitt of Cold Feet fame as Jimmy Murphy on BBC1.

Colin lives in Bangor in Ireland with his family.