The Edinburgh International Book Festival starts this weekend

EIBFThis Saturday, the 13th of August, the Edinburgh International Book Festival opens its doors. For another year Charlotte Square will be packed with some of the worlds most talented writers. As usual we have events going on most days. In this blog we have highlighted some of our author events.

14 August 2016
Liz Lochhead discusses her latest collection Fugitive Colours

Fugitive ColoursFive years ago, Liz Lochhead became Scotland’s Makar. Now, to celebrate the completion of that role, she publishes a major new poetry collection, Fugitive Colours. Featuring commissioned works (such as a poem written for the Commonwealth Games in 2014) and personal pieces (including a beautiful poem about west coast holidays with her late husband), this collection confirms Lochhead as a poet at the peak of her powers. She discusses her work with Brian Taylor.

Time: 3.15pm–4.15.pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Over 60s/Under 16s)

15 August 2016

JWay of the Wanderersess Smith – The Turbulent Tale of Scotland’s Gypsies

Back in 1982, as she watched her father’s life ebbing away, Jess Smith promised him that she would write a history of Scottish Travellers, setting the record straight about a group of people so often discriminated against. Way of the Wanderers is Smith’s heartfelt account of the travelling singers and storytellers for whom a campfire under the stars is preferable to a warm hearth within stone walls.

Time: 2.15pm–3.15pm
Venue: Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

Set Adrift Upon the WorldJames Hunter – From the Clearances to Canada

What happened to the people evicted from their homes in Sutherland and taken to the frozen shores of the Hudson Bay? Renowned Scottish historian James Hunter explores how the Clearances led to the founding of Winnipeg in Set Adrift Upon the World, while Myrna Kostash writes from the perspective of the Canadian community in Edmonton in the early days of the New World. Join them on a unique transatlantic journey.

Time: 3.45pm–4.45pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

16 August 2016

Little SpartaMagnus Linklater discusses Little Sparta with Philip Hoare and Alison Turnball

Nature and ideas intersect in inspiring ways. Linn Botanic Gardens is the subject of Another Green World, a beautiful, elegiac book created by novelist Philip Hoare and artist Alison Turnbull. At Stonypath in the Pentlands, artist Ian Hamilton Finlay created Little Sparta, a garden with stone-carved typographic artworks. Magnus Linklater, chairman of the Little Sparta Trust, discusses the garden and its enigmatic creator.

Time: –11.30am
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £8 (£6 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

17 August 2016

Keeping the Jewel in the Crown 2Walter Reid – The British betrayal of India

Acclaimed author of military and political history, Walter Reid takes a dim view of Britain’s role in India after the Second World War. In Keeping the Jewel in the Crown, he uncovers a wealth of evidence to suggest that far from easing the passage to independence, Britain held back India’s progress, leading to chaos in 1947, and repercussions that are still being felt today.

Time: 11.00am–12.00pm
Venue: Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

The Colouring Book of Scotland - coverTea, cake and colouring-in with Eilidh Muldoon

Come along for a colourful hour of creativity and cake with top illustrator Eilidh Muldoon as she leads a colouring-in session of giant pictures from her latest book, The Colouring Book of Scotland, which includes some of Scotland’s most famous landmarks. Hear why she chose the locations, get tips on how to perfect your colouring skills and enjoy a cup of tea, or juice, and a slice of cake – all included in the ticket price. Enormous fun for all ages!

Time: 4.15pm–5.30pm
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR
Tickets: £9

18 August 2016

Poachers Pilgrimage (high res)Alastair McIntosh – The Mysteries of the Outer Hebrides

Glasgow-based writer and activist Alastair McIntosh has campaigned on issues such as land reform, globalisation and ecology, and his work has been described as ‘world changing’. In Poachers’ Pilgrimage, a new book about his native Outer Hebrides, McIntosh makes a pilgrimage from the most southerly tip of Harris to the northerly Butt of Lewis. The result is a meditation on the extraordinary islands and their people. He talks to Jane Fowler.

Time: 10.30am–11.30am
Venue: Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

Debi Gliori with Faye Hanson – Drawing on the Imagination

Debi Gliori and Faye Hanson offer an insight into the world of picture book writing and illustration. Gliori is the creator of many instantly recognisable books including No Matter What and The Tobermory Cat. Hanson has just published Midnight at the Zoo and The Wonder. Together they discuss how to give a child space to imagine, dream and question the world between the covers of a book.
Time: 12.15pm–1.15pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £8 (£6 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)


Dragon Games with spineJan-Philipp Sendker with Peter Ho Davies –Echoes of the Cultural Revolution

The legacies of Mao and Confucius infect two provocative novels linking Chinese and American experiences. In The Fortunes, Peter Ho Davies recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and cleverly depicts the immigrant family experience. Jan-Philipp Sendker’s Dragon Games tells the story of an American journalist and his Chinese girlfriend as they face a crisis which takes them back to her home village. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Time: 7.00pm–8.00pm
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £8 (£6 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

Penelope's WebChristopher Rush on war, peace and Penelope’s Web

Christopher Rush is a notable Scottish novelist pondering the contradictions in our attitudes to war and peace. We might rail against war but is there something in us that needs it? And is peacetime always positive for those who’ve been at war, or can it actually be more harmful than conflict itself? These questions run through Penelope’s Web, Rush’s thought-provoking retelling of Odysseus’ return to Ithaca after 20 years of war. Chaired by Sheena McDonald.

Time: 8.45pm–9.45pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

19 August 2016
Jenni Fagan discusses her latest collection The Dead Queen of Bohemia

Dead Queen of Bohemia, TheIn the wake of her rapturously received debut novel, The Panopticon, Edinburgh-based Jenni Fagan presents The Dead Queen of Bohemia, a new collection of poems from across her career. Andrew McMillan’s debut poetry collection, Physical, won last year’s Guardian First Book Award and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. His work has been described by fellow poet Helen Mort as ‘alive with subtle reflections on masculinity.’

Time: 7.00pm–8.00pm
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £8 (£6 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

21 August 2016

Magicians of ScotlandRon Butlin with James Loxley and Christine de Luca – Reading the City

Auld Reekie has inspired poets for centuries, from Dunbar to Fergusson and Burns to Butlin. But how have authors engaged with this fickle muse, and how have their words shaped Edinburgh as a literary city? Join University of Edinburgh’s Professor James Loxley and Edinburgh Makars Christine De Luca and Ron Butlin to explore the literary landscape and hear poetry inspired by the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

Time: 10.30am–11.30am
Venue: Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square

The Book of the HowlatChildren’s event with Kate Leiper and James Robertson

Written by James Robertson and illustrated by Kate Leiper, The Book of the Howlat is the enchanting retelling of one of Scottish literature’s most famous poems. A young owl, unhappy with his appearance, enlists the help of more handsome birds to give him a dramatic transformation. But as the howlat’s beauty grows, so too does his arrogance, and the other birds feel action must be taken … Join two hugely gifted artists for an unmissable Scots event.

Time: 12.15pm–1.15pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £5

Here Come the TrollsHere come Ron Butlin and James Hutcheson! – Children’s programme

What would you do if your house was invaded by naughty, havoc-wrecking trolls? Learn some top tips for returning your home to a troll-free zone in Here Come the Trolls!, the charming new book from former Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin and illustrator James Hutcheson. Hear Ron read the story and take part in a troll-drawing competition, before quizzing Ron and James about their troll-rific book.

Time: 1.30pm-2.30pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £5

Kate Leiper with Mehreen Fatima, Shazea Quraishi and Ian Stephen – Trading Stories: Scotland and Pakistan

In a recent collaborative project organised by Highlight Arts, poets from Pakistan and Scotland created new poetry, stories and music together in Glasgow. We invited illustrators and storytellers from both countries to Lahore Literary Festival in February to build on this translation exchange in Pakistan’s second largest city. For this special event, illustrators Mehreen Fatima and Kate Leiper join storytellers Shazea Quraishi and Ian Stephen to present the results.

Time: 2.15pm-3.15pm
Venue: Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

24 August 2016

Darien A Journey in Search of EmpireJohn McKendrick discusses Darien: A Dream and a Tragedy

It was a catastrophe that played a key role in forcing Scotland’s union with England in 1707. How could William Paterson have set out to dominate an inhospitable Panamanian isthmus with the aim of creating a trading enclave called Caledonia? In his research for Darien: A Journey in Search of Empire, Edinburgh advocate John McKendrick travelled to Darien and uncovered information that sheds new light on this pivotal moment in Scottish history. Chaired by Allan Little.

Time: 11.00am–12.00pm
Venue: Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

25 August 2016

Cara Ellison and Jenni Fagan speak at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit as part of the Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series 

As Scotland potentially passes some of the most progressive laws on gender identity in the world, the visibility of trans issues has never been higher but is this ‘trans moment’ being felt elsewhere? In this event, we hear the work of authors writing about the persecution of people who challenge gender norms. Reading today: Juno Dawson, Cara Ellison, Jenni Fagan and Madeleine Thien.

Time: 5.30pm–6.15pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: Free admission.

26 August 2016

Glasgow the AutobiographyAlan Taylor discusses his new book Glasgow: The Autobiography

The story of Glasgow is a mash-up of industry and immigration, grime and glory, rock’n’roll and radicalism. In his new anthology Glasgow: the Autobiography, journalist Alan Taylor collates contributions from an astonishing variety of sources. Some are by visitors like Dirk Bogarde, who captured vivid impressions in passing, while others are by proud Glaswegians. From artists to murderers, their stories reflect a gallus, beguiling city. Chaired by Richard Holloway.

Time: 11.00am–12.00pm
Venue: Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

Arrivals and SailingsAfternoon Tea with Jan Patience and Louise Wyllie, authors of Arrivals and Sailings: The Making of George Wyllie

Journalist Jan Patience and Louise Wyllie, the daughter of internationally renowned Scottish artist George Wyllie, invite you to join them for tea, treats and exciting cake creations as they share stories from the charismatic artist’s life. They discuss their collaboration on Arrivals and Sailings: The Making of George Wyllie while you enjoy a full afternoon tea, all included in the ticket price.

Time: 4.15pm–5.30pm
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £22 (includes admission and afternoon tea)

Scotland A HistoryScotland’s Moment in the Sun – Alistair Moffat talks Scottish history

While Edinburgh in August is passionate about exploring the ‘international’ across its festivals, there is always a vital place for delving deep into the heart of Scotland. And that’s what Alistair Moffat will be doing when he discusses his Scotland: A History from Earliest Times which looks at the major battles as well as exploring the ordinary people who have shaped this land from Ice Age to IndyRef. Chaired by Ruth Wishart.

Time: 5.00pm–6.00pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

Young Soul Rebels FINALWhy the Northern Soul Beat Goes On – Stuart Cosgrove discusses Young Soul Rebels

The notable Channel 4 broadcaster and BBC football pundit rarely avoids the opportunity to obsess over his favourite music. In Young Soul Rebels, Stuart Cosgrove recounts the fascinating story of Northern Soul, weaving his own personal history into the biography of venues such as Wigan Casino and Blackpool Mecca. In today’s event he gamely compares his favoured musical subculture with the likes of mod, punk and rave.

Time: 8.45pm–9.45pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

27 August 2016

Brilliant and Forever - second edition (RGB)Kevin MacNeil discusses his latest book The Brilliant & Forever

Kevin MacNeil’s The Brilliant & Forever is the Lewis-born writer’s satirical third novel, featuring three best friends – two human, one alpaca – competing for glory at a Hebridean literary festival. Meanwhile, leading Flemish novelist Peter Verhelst presents The Man I Became, a heart-warming fable about human relations narrated by a gorilla. Both are immaculately insightful fables for our strange times. Chaired by Stuart Kelly.

Time: 10.15am–11.15am
Venue: The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £12 (£10 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

28 August 2016

The Celts And All ThatAllan Burnett and All That! – Children’s event

Join Scottish author and historian Allan Burnett for a fun, fact-filled hour of colourful costumes, riotous role-play and macabre jokes all about the ancient Celts. Allan’s bestselling And All That series brings history to life, gory details and all, in a witty and accessible way. Come and find out more, but beware: this event may cause audiences to go berserk!

Time: 12.15pm–1.15pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square,
Tickets: £5
Bear's AdventureBear’s Adventure with Benedict Blathwayt – Children’s event

Bear goes everywhere with his family. But what happens when Bear is left at the seaside by himself? Benedict Blathwayt has been writing and illustrating children’s books for 30 years. Join him to find out where he gets his brilliant ideas, and discover how we’re all brimming with stories. Tickets admit 1 child and 1 accompanying adult. Adult supervision recommended.

Time: 3.15pm–4.15pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £5

29 August 2016

Lee Brilleaux aw.inddZoë Howe discusses her recent book Lee Brilleaux: Rock’n’Roll Gentleman

With R&B punk band Dr Feelgood returning to public consciousness thanks to the story of co-founder Wilko Johnson’s battle with cancer, writer Zoë Howe believes it’s a good time for recognition to be given to the band’s other co-founder who died aged 41. In Lee Brilleaux: Rock’n’Roll Gentleman, she argues for a long overdue appreciation of his legacy.

Time: 8.30pm–9.30pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square
Tickets: £8 (£6 for Students/Over 60s/Under 16s)

30 August 2016

Allan BurnettCelts and Vikings with Allan Burnett

Celts and Vikings go to war in this action-packed event featuring two of the most terrifying tribes in European history. Join author and historian Allan Burnett for a fun and fact-filled hour of colourful costumes, role-playing and macabre jokes. Warning: this event may cause audiences to go berserk!

Date: Tuesday 30th August 2016
Time: 12.45pm–1.45pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square


Tappety TamShoogly Stories from Scotland with Tim Archbold

Meet writer and illustrator Tim Archbold and his quirky new characters Tappety Tam Fairley and Clarty-Jim McCloud for some funny Scottish storytelling and drawing. Then join in and get a chance to invent and draw your own silly story character.

Date: Tuesday 30th August 2016
Time: 11.45am–12.45pm
Venue: Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab, Charlotte Square

Clarty Jim

We hope you find something that you’ll enjoy and we hope to see you over at Charlotte Square; we’ll mainly be hanging out in the bookshop, so pop in and say hello.

All tickets can be booked online here.

Empty Nets and Promises – A brand new Kinloch Novella from Denzil Meyrick!

Meyrick, DenzilToday a brand new novella from one of Scotland’s top crime writers is being released as an exclusive eBook. Denzil Meyrick returns to Kinloch, this time set in long before the emergence of Scotland’s biggest small town detective!

It’s July 1968, and Kinloch’s fishermen are in trouble. Redoubtable fishing-boat skipper Sandy Hoynes has his daughter’s wedding to pay for – but it seems the that the fish have disappeared! He and the crew of the Girl Maggie come to the conclusion that a new-fangled supersonic jet which is being tested in the skies over Kinloch is scaring off the herring.

First mate Hamish, who we first met in the D.C.I. Daley novels, comes up with a cunning plan to bring the laws of nature back into balance. But as the wily crew go about their work, little do they know that they face the forces of law and order in the shape of a vindictive Fishery Officer, an
Exciseman who suspects Hoynes of smuggling illicit whisky, and the local police sergeant who is about to become Hoynes’ new son-in-law.

Meyrick takes us back to the halcyon days of light-hearted Scottish fiction, following in the footsteps of Compton Mackenzie and Neil Munro, with hilarious encounters involving ghostly pipers, the US Navy and even some Russian trawlermen.

empty nets

EXTRACT FROM EMPTY NETS AND PROMISES

Sandy Hoynes took his seat at the head of the table. Since he’d called the meeting, he reserved the right to chair proceedings. By his side, his first mate Hamish took a sip of his whisky and grimaced. ‘I’m no’ jeest sure whoot distillery this came fae, but they’ve a lot tae learn aboot the art of making a good dram, and no mistake. I’ve cleaned my kitchen floor wae mair appetising fare.’

‘Whoot dae you expect for two shillings a heid?’ replied Hoynes. ‘In any case, we’re no’ here for the whisky.’ He tapped the side of his glass with the stem of his pipe, and soon the room came to order. Though there were only thirty seats around the table, as many again stood leaning on the backs of chairs, looking expectantly at Hoynes.

‘Can I make a point of order before we start?’ said an old man sporting a cavernous yellow Sou’wester despite being indoors. Spare flesh hung from his throat beneath a sparse grey beard, and His voice was rasping and weak, though his dark eyes were keen.

‘Aye, you can that, Johnny,’ replied Hoynes with a sigh.

‘I’m no’ sure that you’re the right man tae be chairing this august body of mariners. I’m the auldest skipper in the fleet, and as such the honour should be mine.’

‘Well, if you’re so old and wise, why didn’t you call a meeting yourself?’ piped up Hamish in defence of his shipmate.

‘Och, Hamish, but you’re a loyal wee dog, so you are. Your faither must be proud, looking down and seeing that you’ve replaced him wae Sandy Hoynes. The heavenly tears will be spilling doon his face, I’ve nae doubt. It’s jeest a pity he couldna keep a hauld o’ his own boat, then you’d be a skipper in your ain right noo.’

‘Don’t worry, Johnny,’ intervened Hoynes. ‘If he’s looking tae replace his great-great-grandfaither, I’m certain sure he’ll be at your door in jig time. Noo,’ he changed the subject quickly, not giving the old man time to upset Hamish further, ‘we all know whoot a perilous position we’re in wae regards tae the fish – or lack o’ them, mair accurately.’ There was a murmur of agreement around the room. ‘The question is: why is it happening, and whoot can we dae aboot it?’

‘My mother says it’s tae dae wae the telly and radio, and suchlike,’ offered a tall, thin youth in a black pea jacket. ‘She reckons the signals is fair going through the fish and sending them off in the wrong directions – you know, confusing the poor buggers.’

‘Aye, aye. Noo, I can see that being a valid notion. If they’re as confused as me when I listen tae thon pop music, I’m quite sure the buggers are driven tae distraction. But somehow, I canna think she has the right of it there, Wullie.’

‘How no’?’

‘Well, I’ve seen many things in my life – once you’ve been at the mercy o’ a German U-boat, the rest o’ the world seems a gentler place – but I’ve yet tae see a fish showing any interest in the television. And even if they had, it’s unlikely they’d get a decent signal doon there in the depths.’

Amidst the chuckles, Hamish said, ‘You’re right, Sandy. My poor mother gets nothing but interference, an’ she’s only at the top end o’ the Glebe Row.’

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You can purchase the eBook here: Empty Nets and Promises

Happy reading!

The Birlinn Team

Empty Nets and Promises – A brand new Kinloch Novella from Denzil Meyrick!

Meyrick, DenzilToday a brand new novella from one of Scotland’s top crime writers is being released as an exclusive eBook. Denzil Meyrick returns to Kinloch, this time set in long before the emergence of Scotland’s biggest small town detective!

It’s July 1968, and Kinloch’s fishermen are in trouble. Redoubtable fishing-boat skipper Sandy Hoynes has his daughter’s wedding to pay for – but it seems the that the fish have disappeared! He and the crew of the Girl Maggie come to the conclusion that a new-fangled supersonic jet which is being tested in the skies over Kinloch is scaring off the herring.

First mate Hamish, who we first met in the D.C.I. Daley novels, comes up with a cunning plan to bring the laws of nature back into balance. But as the wily crew go about their work, little do they know that they face the forces of law and order in the shape of a vindictive Fishery Officer, an
Exciseman who suspects Hoynes of smuggling illicit whisky, and the local police sergeant who is about to become Hoynes’ new son-in-law.

Meyrick takes us back to the halcyon days of light-hearted Scottish fiction, following in the footsteps of Compton Mackenzie and Neil Munro, with hilarious encounters involving ghostly pipers, the US Navy and even some Russian trawlermen.

empty nets

EXTRACT FROM EMPTY NETS AND PROMISES

Sandy Hoynes took his seat at the head of the table. Since he’d called the meeting, he reserved the right to chair proceedings. By his side, his first mate Hamish took a sip of his whisky and grimaced. ‘I’m no’ jeest sure whoot distillery this came fae, but they’ve a lot tae learn aboot the art of making a good dram, and no mistake. I’ve cleaned my kitchen floor wae mair appetising fare.’

‘Whoot dae you expect for two shillings a heid?’ replied Hoynes. ‘In any case, we’re no’ here for the whisky.’ He tapped the side of his glass with the stem of his pipe, and soon the room came to order. Though there were only thirty seats around the table, as many again stood leaning on the backs of chairs, looking expectantly at Hoynes.

‘Can I make a point of order before we start?’ said an old man sporting a cavernous yellow Sou’wester despite being indoors. Spare flesh hung from his throat beneath a sparse grey beard, and His voice was rasping and weak, though his dark eyes were keen.

‘Aye, you can that, Johnny,’ replied Hoynes with a sigh.

‘I’m no’ sure that you’re the right man tae be chairing this august body of mariners. I’m the auldest skipper in the fleet, and as such the honour should be mine.’

‘Well, if you’re so old and wise, why didn’t you call a meeting yourself?’ piped up Hamish in defence of his shipmate.

‘Och, Hamish, but you’re a loyal wee dog, so you are. Your faither must be proud, looking down and seeing that you’ve replaced him wae Sandy Hoynes. The heavenly tears will be spilling doon his face, I’ve nae doubt. It’s jeest a pity he couldna keep a hauld o’ his own boat, then you’d be a skipper in your ain right noo.’

‘Don’t worry, Johnny,’ intervened Hoynes. ‘If he’s looking tae replace his great-great-grandfaither, I’m certain sure he’ll be at your door in jig time. Noo,’ he changed the subject quickly, not giving the old man time to upset Hamish further, ‘we all know whoot a perilous position we’re in wae regards tae the fish – or lack o’ them, mair accurately.’ There was a murmur of agreement around the room. ‘The question is: why is it happening, and whoot can we dae aboot it?’

‘My mother says it’s tae dae wae the telly and radio, and suchlike,’ offered a tall, thin youth in a black pea jacket. ‘She reckons the signals is fair going through the fish and sending them off in the wrong directions – you know, confusing the poor buggers.’

‘Aye, aye. Noo, I can see that being a valid notion. If they’re as confused as me when I listen tae thon pop music, I’m quite sure the buggers are driven tae distraction. But somehow, I canna think she has the right of it there, Wullie.’

‘How no’?’

‘Well, I’ve seen many things in my life – once you’ve been at the mercy o’ a German U-boat, the rest o’ the world seems a gentler place – but I’ve yet tae see a fish showing any interest in the television. And even if they had, it’s unlikely they’d get a decent signal doon there in the depths.’

Amidst the chuckles, Hamish said, ‘You’re right, Sandy. My poor mother gets nothing but interference, an’ she’s only at the top end o’ the Glebe Row.’

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You can purchase the eBook here: Empty Nets and Promises

Happy reading!

The Birlinn Team