Upbeat, laugh-out-loud funny, this compelling novel, set in the Borders, swinging sixties London and present-day Edinburgh, touches on music, Scottish independence, love in later life and, most of all, how to make the most of one’s life before it is too late. From the author of the critically acclaimed The Sound of My Voice.From the author of the award winning The Sound of My Voice
After being sacked from his day job as a business executive, Morris Magellan has cashed it all in – the house, the car, family life – to be free at last to pursue his true passion: music. He returns to his childhood home to escape city life, face his demons and compose his masterpiece. Very soon, things start to go wrong. Not only does his past catch up with him, but the future becomes more threatening by the day. Bad habits return with a vengeance. Then he meets Jess.
Written with humour and compassion, this compelling novel, set in the Borders, sixties London and present-day Edinburgh, touches on music, love in later life and, most of all, how to make the most of one’s time before it is too late.
'A stunning novel about making the most of life - and love - while you still can. Darkly comic, his work is laced with compassion and optimism'* Sunday Post *
'It has been a long time coming – more than thirty years – but was well worth the wait. The continuing misadventures of Morris Magellan are every bit as bleakly comic as in The Sound of My Voice. The phrase 'laughter in the dark' has never felt more fitting'-- Ian Rankin
'a new, buoyant, standalone novel... taking in themes of Scottish independence and love in later life'* The Bookseller *
'I loved The Sound of My Voice, and this darkly entertaining novel is a worthy sequel'-- James Robertson
'A life-affirming novel'* Books from Scotland *
'A funny, provocative, and compelling read highlighting a life lived with regrets while attempting to make the most of the present'* LoveReading, Book of the Month *
'This follow-up to Ron Butlin’s award-winning 1987 novel The Sound of My Voice is rich in comedy while offering some melancholy truths'-- Allan Massie * The Scotsman *
'Every bit as masterful as its celebrated 1987 predecessor... an almost painfully insightful and honest depiction of a man struggling with drink, his past and ultimately himself... But it isn’t devoid of optimism or humour either, and Morris’s awareness of his own ridiculousness mines laughter from a desperate situation'* The Herald *
'an enjoyable and memorable novel following the adventures and - mainly - misadventures of Morris Magellan'-- Ken Lussey * Undiscovered Scotland *
'A funny, provocative, and compelling read highlighting a life lived with regrets while attempting to make the most of the present'* LoveReadi