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  • Published: 4 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241970546
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
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A madcap Highland adventure from one of Scotland's foremost literary chroniclers.

A gloriously madcap Highland adventure about surviving midlife crisis and finding redemption in the unlikeliest of places - from the Booker-longlisted author of And The Land Lay Still and The Testament of Gideon Mack

Douglas Findhorn Elder is in a sorry state. He's just turned fifty, split up from his girlfriend and been pushed out of his job at the local news rag. On the night of his birthday, he makes an unexpected new friend: a talking toad. So begins a wild goose chase that will leads Douglas out of his cosy house in Edinburgh and across the country to crumbling Glentaragar Manor in the remotest Highlands. Awaiting him along the way are semi-criminal hearse driver, a hundred-year-old political firebrand grandmother, a split-personality alcoholic/teetotaller, an elaborate whiskey-smuggling conspiracy, a mysterious woman with a rather enchanting Greek nose, and maybe even a shot at redemption...
In this gloriously surreal romp, James Robertson proves once and for all that the important things in life - friendship, romance, a funeral hearse stuffed with crates of bootlegged whiskey - come when you least expect them.
%%%A madcap Highland adventure from the Booker-longlisted author of And The Land Lay Still and The Testament of Gideon Mack

Douglas Findhorn Elder is in a sorry state. He's just turned fifty, split up from his girlfriend and been pushed out of his job in an ailing national newspaper. On the night of his birthday, he makes an unexpected new friend: a talking toad. So begins a wild goose chase that will lead Douglas out of his cosy house in Edinburgh and across the country - all the way to crumbling Glentaragar House in the distant West Highlands. Awaiting him along the journey are a semi-criminal hearse driver, a hundred-year-old political firebrand grandmother, a split-personality alcoholic/teetotaller, an elaborate whisky-smuggling conspiracy, a mysterious woman with a rather enchanting Greek nose, and maybe even a shot at redemption...
In this gloriously surreal romp, James Robertson proves once and for all that the important things in life - friendship, romance, a very fine malt whisky - come when you least expect them.

  • Pub date: 4 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241970546
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

About the Author

James Robertson

James Robertson is the author of four previous novels, The Fanatic, Joseph Knight, The Testament of Gideon Mack and And the Land Lay Still. The Testament of Gideon Mack was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, picked by Richard and Judy's Book Club, and shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year award. And the Land Lay Still was the winner of the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award 2010.

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