No Wonder I Take a Drink
One of the Top 20 Scottish books of all time (The List).
9781908643001 Paperback, £8.99
Also available in audiobook
'A biting laugh-out-loud satire,' Louise Welsh
Trisha, a lonely unsentimental boozer, unexpectedly inherits a home in the Highlands. She wastes no time leaving Glasgow, and with it her estranged husband, her insolent teenage son and her boring job. Having pictured a rural idyll, she finds rain, sheep, and kamikaze midges. And more rain. Her only companion is a smelly, brain-damaged dog, but a night of whisky-fuelled high jinks with a frozen salmon leads to a dramatic discovery that will change her future, and maybe even her past.
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“A gently humorous take on an incomer’s life in the West Highlands.” – The Guardian
“Laura Marney is one of Scotland’s best-kept literary secrets. This is a biting laugh-out-loud satire which is never crueller than life. Marney’s unlikely heroine meets life head-on and lives on in the reader’s imagination long after the book is finished. An energetic, edgy book with wide appeal.” – Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room
“The pacing has an engaging confidence, a comic brio which, as readers soon see, comes from completely inhabiting her narrator’s character... Her jokes are seldom laboured, almost always rooted in character or language. And either way, she’s a natural comedy writer.” – The Scotsman
“The word on Laura Marney is that she’s Scotland’s best-kept literary secret, and for once, the goods live up to the fanfare. [No Wonder I Take a Drink] is a sparkling black comedy with guaranteed out-loud laughs. Marney displays a natural flair for storytelling and her warts-and-all characters ring true.” – York Evening Press
“Laura Marney writes about strong characters who are utterly believable and all too human. She consistently examines their experiences, relationships and foibles with insight, compassion and a rollicking, earthy humour, which makes for great reading. If you suffer from giggle incontinence, beware!” – Zoe Strachan, author of Negative Space
“Biting wit, brilliant characterisation and hilarious antics – whether you are 16 or 60, you’ll be rocking in your chair.” – Scottish Daily Record
“Marney’s book is consistently engaging and hits all the right notes.”
– The Glasgow Herald