Ewan Morrison


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Ewan Morrison is an award-winning novelist, scriptwriter and essayist. His fiction tends to focus on the subject of the modern family, cults, idealism and extremism.

As a novelist he has won the following prizes:

The Saltire Society Literary Prize - Scottish Fiction Book of the Year, for his novel Nina X, (2019)

The Scottish Book of the Year (SMIT) Fiction Prize for his novel Close Your Eyes (2013)

Writer of the Year Award, in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards, for Tales from the Mall (2012)

The film American Blackout (2014), co-written by Morrison and partner Emily Ballou, reached an audience of 45 million and was debated in the U.S Senate. It has a cult following among ‘Preppers’ and ‘Survivalists’Morrison's feature film, Swung (2016), an adaptation of his first novel, was nominated for two BAFTAs and one international award. The novel, was also short-listed for the Le Prince Maurice Award (Mauritius) and led to Morrison being a finalist in the Arena Magazine Man of the Year Award (literature) 2006.

Morrison’s novel Nina X (2019) is being adapted as a feature film with the director of an Academy Award nominated film, with Morrison as scriptwriter. The television rights for the adaptation of Morrison’s book How to Survive Everything (2021) have been acquired by Made Up Stories and Endeavor and development has recently commenced. How to Survive Everything will be published by Harper Perennial in North America in the fall of 2022. Morrison is the winner of a Royal Television Society Award for best drama (2001) and has been nominated for four BAFTAs.

Ewan's novel For Emma is pubslihed by Leamington Books in March 2025.




Reviews for How To Survive Everything (Saraband, 2021)


​“How To Survive Everything is a gritty and (tragically) cool novel. The collision of a broken family and a global pandemic, it reads as a survival guide and feels like (is) a warning.”

David Shields


​“Acutely realised and perfectly pitched … poignant, heart-rending and hilarious … This is a beautiful book in many ways … an exploration of love in all its guises, emerging, enduring, failed, set against an all too real dystopian setting, full of broken people trying to endure. Highly recommended.”

The Literary Shed, 02/03/2021

​“One of our best living authors, his voice is unique, his style is magnificent and his imagination knows no bounds … Terrifying and harrowing, yet also deeply touching … Most certainly a novel of our time. One that will stay with me, and haunt me.”

Anne Cater, Random Things Through My Letterbox, March 1, 2021


​“Brilliant. A thrilling conspiracy story [with] gallows humour. The story is rich in allusion and multiple meanings which makes it such a delight to read. The narrative voice is so powerful, original and immediate.”

Claire Dobbin. Chair - Melbourne International Film Festival.


​“A terrific read... a family drama unlike any other. Absolutely, a novel for our times. There are few people who write better about the family and relationships…if anyone was going to write a great lockdown novel it was going to be Ewan Morrison. Dark and detailed... an exceptional novel.”

Alistair Braidwood. Scots Wha Hae. 6/3/21