‘Wha’s Like Us?…… Gie few….. and they’re a’ deid!’
Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma! by Kerry Hudson
There’s a so-called award in Scotland for the most dismal town called the ‘Plook on a Plinth’ ( a ‘Plook’ is the delightful colloquial term we Scots give to a pimple!)
The nominees for this award for the most dismal, awful town in Scotland for 2014 pitted my home town of Greenock against Aberdeen. Which is the home town of that aforementioned ‘Ryan’s daughter’! For in this case it is Iris Ryan’s daughter, Janie, the central character in the wonderful ‘Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma’. So in some senses I was maybe destined to get on with this book for our home towns have much in common. But my praise for this wonderful novel is based on much more than just the affinity Janie Ryan and I both have with crap Scottish towns!
Mum’s The Word
Restless by William Boyd
The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan