Author – Alan Gillespie.
Alan Gillespie is a writer and teacher from Fife, Scotland. He has studied at the
Universities of Stirling, Glasgow and Strathclyde. His articles and stories have
appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Herald, Northwords Now, New
Writing Scotland, and elsewhere. In 2011 he was awarded the Scottish Emerging
Writer’s residency at Cove Park. The Mash House is his first novel.
Social Media Links –
Twitter – Alan Gillespie (@afjgillespie) / Twitter
Publisher – Unbound
Pages – 411
The Blurb –
Cullrothes, in the Scottish Highlands, where Innes hides a terrible secret from his girlfriend Alice, a gorgeous, cheating, lying schoolteacher. In the same village, Donald is the aggressive distillery owner, who floods the country with narcotics alongside his single malt; when his son goes missing, he becomes haunted by an anonymous American investor intent on purchasing the Cullrothes Distillery by any means necessary. Schoolgirl Jessie is trying to get the grades to escape to the mainland, while Grandpa counts the days left in his life.
This is a place where mountains are immense and the loch freezes in winter. A place with only one road in and out. With long storms and furious midges and a terrible phone signal. The police are compromised the journalists are scum, and the innocent folk of Cullrothes tangle themselves in a fermenting barrel of suspicion, malice and lies…
Today is my stop on The Mash House blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – I was really impressed by this book and was surprised it was a debut novel. The author has created a really dark and gripping world set in Scotland.
There are lots of different characters to get to know and I loved the diversity and all the varying relationships between them. I devoured the book in just a couple of sittings as I was hooked! The story is engaging and contains a lot of subject matter, it isn’t a light book by any means.
Scotland has always produced good authors and I think Alan Gillespie is a name that will be added to these. I look forward to reading more of his work.
Purchase Links – The Mash House