On Valentine’s Day Trisha, the unlikely heroine of Laura Marney’s No Wonder I Take a Drink, tends to ‘self gift’. You see, being a bit of a lonely, unsentimental boozer marooned in the middle of nowhere in the Highlands, she finds that buying herself a good book is an excellent way to dodge the ‘roses are red, violets are blue’ mush!
True, single girls miss out on the special Valentine fun, but the other 364 days of the year they also miss out on all the grease-scrubbing, Top Gear-watching, pant-washing fun.
It’s all about romance, thinks Trisha, but what people often forgot is that the rest of the time it’s about compromise and trying hard: him trying not to nose-whistle; her trying not to hold the pillow over his face till he stops struggling.
If you get just where Trisha’s coming from on the subject of Valentines, then maybe the No Wonder I Take a Drink audiobook is the perfect ‘self gift’ for you, too. It’s available exclusively from www.audible.co.uk on – you guessed it – Valentines Day, and is narrated by Laura Marney herself.
It features Trisha, who 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. But, 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.
No Wonder I Take a Drink was voted one of the Top 20 Scottish books of all time by readers of The List magazine.
Buy your copy of the audiobook here.