Infinite Ground is published in North America by Melville House, on October 17 2017.

Infinite Ground won the Somerset Maugham Award on June 20th – £5000 to use towards travel. I’m very grateful to the Society of Authors and the judges, and particularly thrilled to win an award established in the 1940s and previously won by Zadie Smith, Geoff Dyer, and V.S. Naipaul, among many others.



An electrifying piece of work: strange, terrifying, riveting, and written with scintillating intelligence. In its thinking about the porosity between the human and the non-human, it stands shoulder to shoulder with Ballard, Lem, VanderMeer, Tom McCarthy. — Neel Mukherjee, author of The Lives of Others.

Weird, wonderful, totally indefinable… If not the Booker, then surely the Goldsmiths beckons.  — Justine Jordan, Guardian

Brimming with with strong, startling ideas… A curious and often remarkable book –Liam Hess, Literary Review

Stunning – a totally original, surreal mystery shot through with hints of the best of César Aira, Vladimir Nabokov, Angela Carter, and Julio Cortázar. Smart, clever, and honest. I doubt you’ve read anything quite like it. –Jeff VanderMeer, author of The Southern Reach trilogy

A novel of intelligence, grace, cunning and warped imagination, one that melds and sometimes clashes styles and influences to create something original and unsettling. It is a bravura performance, and one that announces Martin MacInnes as one of our most exciting new voices.  –Stuart Evers, author of Your Father Sends his Love

Labyrinthine, beautifully written and teeming with ideas about fiction and reality that linger long in the mind… A frighteningly good debut novel. –Lee Rourke, author of Vulgar Things

An impressive and finely textured debut… This is fiction as a metaphorical labyrinth of the mind –Edward Docx, Guardian

A talent of the first rank… We want to be informed and entertained, I might also say, provoked and enlarged, and Martin MacInnes delivers on all fronts with writing of genuine bravura and originality. –Christopher Potter, author of You are Here and How to Make a Human Being

Strange, haunting, dislocating. – Ian Rankin

One of this year’s most intriguing debuts – Stuart Kelly

This is the work of a most singular and inventive mind, matched by writing with real flair and clarity. It is a book alive with ideas and cock-eyed intelligence, brimming with passages of genuine brilliance. Infinite Ground does that magical thing that only the very best novels do: it makes you see the world afresh. Dazzling stuff. –Graeme Macrae Burnet, author of His Bloody Project

A surreal crime mystery at one level and at another a profoundly serious exploration of the fragility and isolation of modern life. — Saltire Literary Awards panel