Book jacket image of Rogue Nation by Alan Clements
November is the month of many things Scottish with the round up of Homecoming Year and St Andrews Day happening, so this month’s A Right Guid Read has a distinctly Scottish flavour – all the reviews featured in this month’s edition are by Scottish authors. Some are old favourites like Val McDermid, who thrills and terrifies equally with her latest Tony Hill book Fever Of The Bone and Ian Rankin who introduces us to a new police character in his novel, The Complaints. However, some of the authors are much newer to the Scottish writing scene. Glasgow lawyer G.J Moffat doesn’t disappoint with his debut novel Daisychain, a fast moving thriller while Scottish independence is the theme of Alan Clement’s first novel, Rogue Nation. If you haven’t read anything by Glasgow author Anne Donovan, try Being Emily, a moving, funny and heart warming tale of family life. Andrew Greig who hails from Fife’s East Neuk, is another author to try is you want A Right Guid Read. In The Return of John MacNab, the prequel to Andrew’s recent Romanno Bridge, a challenge, first written of in John Buchan’s classic tale John MacNab, is revived.
November’s What’s New also has a taste of Scottish writing with Kirsty Scott’s Fortune House, a tale of loss, love and family relationships, set near Edinburgh. Moving away from Scottish writing, Turbulence by Giles Foden, is the fascinating fictional account of weather forecasting and The D-Day invasion of Normandy, while Sam Baker’s The Step-Mother’s Support Group gives a light hearted look at a difficult family situation.
Whatever you choose to read this month, I hope you find A Right Guid Read.
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