A long-awaited new collection of stories from one of Scotland’s most acclaimed writers.
A young man returns from London, facing the prospect of reunion with a young daughter he’s never met. A woman recounts her family’s doomed attempt to emigrate from Poland to America 70 years before. A creative writing tutor is shocked by the story of one of his students, who is connected to a past atrocity in Bosnia. A former architect fights a losing battle with alcoholism and the ghosts from his past.
Here is a new collection of brilliant stories from the multi-award winning elder statesman of Scottish literature, exploring themes of poverty, migration, alienation, accountability and alcoholism, with an impressive depth and emotional range.
‘…the sheer accomplishment of the storytelling and the lively variety of writing styles make it a compelling read’ Daily Mail
‘A towering figure… has lost none of his distinctive style or ability to shock…
MacDougall creates a complex world over a dozen deftly crafted pages… [a] masterful collection’ Scotsman
‘The towering voice of Scottish literature returns with this stunning collection… told without melodrama, with MacDougall’s cleanly-written prose… This is a triumphant return to fiction after an absence of a decade for this award-winning writer’ Scottish Field
‘Brutal but brilliant’ Herald