Following on from the highly successful launch events for Unfashioned Creatures - which saw author Lesley McDowell appearing in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh - the new gothic novel has attracted some great media attention. Mary Crockett's review in The Scotsman described a 'tantalising read'.
She wrote: 'As a psychological whodunit - or whydunit - Unfashioned Creatures keeps up the pressure, even beyond the final page.' It is a 'finely worked and confident flight of Gothic fancy that stands up well to scrutiny. McDowell's ear for dialogue is already finely tuned, and her handling of the contrasting narratives deftly judged.'
Elsewhere, Lesley wrote a fascinating article in The Independent on Sunday exploring the enduring fascination of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein. In the article, Lesley explains how Unfashioned Creatures was inspired by a Mary Shelley letter that described Isabella Baxter Booth - one of the book's main characters - as 'disturbed in her reason'.
In other news, Uuganaa Ramsay, author of Mongol, has also appeared in the press recently with an in-depth interview for the Daily Record. Uuganaa discusses her campaign against the misuse of the term 'mongol' either as an insult or as a way to describe people with Down's Syndrome. Mongolian-born Uuganaa lost her son, Billy, at the age of just three months shortly after he was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome.