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The new novel from the author of The Death of Lomond Friel - winner of the Saltire First Book Award and the Scottish First Book Award

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ENCORE AWARD

Peggy Kirkpatrick has been talking about a baby called Eleanor.

But no one has heard of Eleanor, and Peggy has dementia. She gets confused and most of the time she doesn’t make any sense, except to her granddaughter, Aggie.

Determined to unravel the mystery of Peggy’s past, Aggie begins to search. But as curiosity turns to obsession, the drive for truth starts to threaten her marriage, her family, and her already fragile mind…

Reviews

I ADORED Snake Road. Couldn't put it aside...so gentle and wise and uniquely observed. There can't be another Scottish novel, or indeed contemporary one, I will like more this year... a brilliant and beautifully written novel

Alan Warner

A deeply humane tale of memory, loss and the struggle to understand a family’s past

Metro

The “sacred geometry” of ageing and the timeless measuring out of love are what sustain this subtle, beautiful book

Guardian

A brilliantly perceptive novel of loss and love

Scotsman

Writing of this extraordinary quality and depth is only ever to be welcomed, embraced and, hopefully, suitably rewarded

Scotland on Sunday

Wise, memorable and written with a lightsome delicacy... It is wonderfully wry and occasionally laced with despair and menace

Alan Warner, Herald

Beautiful prose and anguish conveyed throughout the text in a tender, yet irrevocably witty and sometimes self-depreciating manner…Peebles writes with an effortless empathy towards common everyday emotional and family struggles. This intergenerational journey is quite beautifully written, yet in an easy to follow and light style

Nudge

Perceptive and humane, this is a memorable novel

Good Book Guide

Writing of this extraordinary quality and depth is only ever to be welcomed, embraced and, hopefully, suitably rewarded

Lesley McDowell, Scotland on Sunday (Spectrum)

Deeply humane tale of memory, loss and the struggle to understand a family’s past… It’s a novel of generous warmth

Ben Felsenburg, Metro Herald

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099575849

    November 15, 2014

    Vintage

    320 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781448137442

    August 1, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    320 pages

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