Stage and screen actor Dugald Bruce-Lockhart’s (SH 81-86) debut novel, ‘The Lizard‘, – a suspense thriller set in the Greek Islands in 1988 – is being published next May in the UK and worldwide. The book has already received glowing reviews from William Boyd and Charles Cumming.

Obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, Alistair Haston heads off to Greece, where she is on holiday. Mugged on the harbourside in Paros, he is robbed of everything. So when, Ricky, a charming Aussie, shows up and offers Alistair a job recruiting tourists to pose for his wealthy boss, Heinrich, a charismatic, German artist, Alistair accepts. He soon realises that it is more than just painting that Heinrich has in mind.

Swept away on a tide of wild parties, wild sex, fine food and drugs, Haston sheds his reserve and throws himself headlong into the pursuit of pleasure. Until, the body of a missing tourist is found and the finger of blame points to Haston. His world collapses. Arrested but allowed to escape, the body count piles up and Haston finds himself on the run by land and sea on a journey more breathtaking and more frightening than his wildest dreams.

The book will be available in hardback, audio book, e-book, and standard paperback later in the year. The launch on 5th May will take place at Daunt Books in Marylebone. If there are any OS who were at Sedbergh from the years 1981-1986 who wish to attend the launch, please get in touch with Ben Collins (bpc@sedberghschool.org) to receive invitations nearer the time.

Dugald is a successful actor who trained at RADA and has worked extensively with the RSC, the National Theatre and the Old Vic amongst others. He toured the UK as Hannay in The 39 Steps, appeared as Freddie in The Deep Blue Sea, and has recently finished a two-year stint on stage in the long-running show Mamma Mia. He most recently played Michael Gove in Jonathan Maitland’s play The Last Temptation of Boris at The Park Theatre in London.


“A terrific, atmospheric thriller. Taut, compelling, masterfully constructed. Outstanding.” – William Boyd

“A richly atmospheric flashback to a deadly summer. Full of intrigue, action and excitement, The Lizard is a terrific debut.” – Charles Cumming