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For F******'s Sake: Laura Marney returns

  

For Faughie’s Sake, the new comic novel by Laura Marney published on 8 May, is a satirical and gleeful celebration of contemporary Scottish life. It is the sequel to No Wonder I Take a Drink, voted in a poll by The List as one of the Top 20 Scottish books of all time.

Laura Marney’s hilarious new novel explores themes that would be considered very familiar to most of us in the year that Scotland goes to the polls: there’s the billionaire property developer who kicks off a local rebellion; there’s a big Hollywood movie that has a ‘unique’ take on Scottish history; … oh, and there’s the minor matter of an independence referendum. 

Laura says, ‘I’m uncomfortable that so many people are uncomfortable discussing the referendum. Politics is boring and full of dodgy egomaniacs and I completely understand why people are reluctant to engage. Some people – in my experience, women mostly – don’t feel well enough informed, or that their opinion is valuable. Women don’t want to be considered gobby and opinionated, or to disagree with their friends or fall out with anyone, so I wanted to offer an approach that was less combative and more comedic.’

In FFS we find Trixie, the boozy unsentimental loner who relocated to the Highlands in No Wonder I Take a Drink, now running a B&B in Inverfaughie, a cliquey midge-ridden village. She’s desperate to return to Glasgow, but not before the new Hollywood blockbuster on the Highland Clearances has been filmed: her B&B is booked up with actors for the entire summer.

However, a dispute over grazing with a faceless multinational shuts down production almost as soon as the movie action gets rolling, and soon a document asserting Faughie’s independence as a sovereign state is unearthed. There’s only one way forward: a referendum to decide whether Another Faughie is Possible. Trixie must decide where her loyalties lie – for Faughie’s sake.

Book launch:

Join Laura for the launch of For Faughie's Sake at Waterstones Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, at 6pm on Friday 9 May. Tickets are free and available in-store or on 0141 332 9105.  

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The Eagle's Way is 'quite exceptional'

Excitement about Jim Crumley’s latest book, The Eagle's Way, continues unabated with fantastic reviews in publications such as The Great Outdoors and The Herald, along with comprehensive feature articles in Countryfile magazine, the Scotsman and the Dundee Courier. There was also an interesting interview with Jim in the John Muir Trust Journal, in connection with his appearance at the Trust’s Wild Space visitor centre in Pitlochry.

Countryfile 

Writing in The Great Outdoors, the renowned Jim Perrin said that the book is ‘absolutely authentic’ and ‘vested with the power of heartfelt sincerity’. He continued, ‘Anyone acquainted with Jim’s writing – and I’m a huge fan – will know what to expect: the patient outdoor hours of acute observation; the well-stocked mind that’s frame of reference for his narrative; the marvellous gift, leavened by apt Scotticisms, for precise and resonant phrase-making … the total lack of posturing, the ardent interest in subject, the exceptional depth of personal knowledge and experience on offer. In terms of writing on nature and the natural environment, Crumley is quite exceptional.

In the Herald, John Lister-Kaye’s review described The Eagle’s Way as ‘tinglingly readable’ and he revels in ‘Crumley's effervescent passion for eagles, for mountains, for the snaking Tay, for the omnipresent and irrepressible nature of his native land.’

The Herald

He went on to say, ‘This book will teach you much about eagles, but more than that, Crumley's distinctive voice carries you with him on his dawn forays and sunset vigils, watching the eagles stir from their pine tree roost before dawn and return there in the dusk. You begin to understand that this nature writer is so deeply engaged with nature and the nature of his eagles that he becomes absorbed by them, thinking eagle, acting eagle, becoming eagle himself. It is an intriguing lesson not just in fieldcraft, but also in human and animal psychology.’

A review by Iain MacLeod, one of the bookshop managers at Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street Waterstones, will also shortly be appearing in the Sunday Mail. We’ve had a sneak preview and, although we wouldn’t want to give too much away, Iain is full of praise for the book.

The Scotsman

Jim will be taking part in the World Book Night celebrations at Blackwell’s Edinburgh on 23 April, from 6pm. The event is ticketed, but FREE. Tickets are available from 0131 622 8218.

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