The Space Between Us Blog Tour

Lennox is a troubled teenager with no family. Ava is eight months pregnant and fleeing her abusive husband. Heather is a grieving mother and cancer sufferer. They don’t know each other, but when a meteor streaks over Edinburgh, all three suffer instant, catastrophic strokes…only to wake up the following day in hospital, miraculously recovered.

When news reaches them of an octopus-like creature washed up on the shore near where the meteor came to earth, Lennox senses that some extra-terrestrial force is at play. With the help of Ava, Heather and a journalist, Ewan, he rescues the creature they call ‘Sandy’ and goes on the run.

But they aren’t the only ones with an interest in the alien … close behind are Ava’s husband, the police and a government unit who wants to capture the creature, at all costs. And Sandy’s arrival may have implications beyond anything anyone could imagine…

When three people suffer strokes after seeing dazzling lights over Edinburgh, then awake completely recovered, they’re convinced their ordeal is connected to the alien creature discovered on a nearby beach… an adrenaline-soaked, deeply humane, life-affirming first-contact novel from one of Scotland’s most revered authors…
**Selected for BBC 2 Between the Covers 2023**
‘All the drive, curiosity and wonder of his crime and mystery novels … science fiction gains a new author’ Derek B Miller
‘If you read one life-affirming book this year, make sure it’s this one’ Nina Pottell, Prima
‘A sci-fi novel that is as moving as it is magical and mysterious. Doug Johnstone has hit it out of the park again’ Mark Billingham
‘A delicious, demanding departure from Doug Johnstone’ Val McDermid

Doug Johnstone fans are a force in Scottish fiction lovers to be reckoned with and their unstinting loyalty to the Skelf family is well documented. I’m sure that there a fair few of us that were a wee bit unsure about this departure from such a well-loved series and wondering how they’d find their foray into science fiction. Having loved Faultlines so much, I was definitely looking forward to reading another stand-alone novel and feeling intrigued by the #MeetSandy hashtag, I was raring to go as soon as I got my hands on it…

As ever I’m grateful to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to Karen Sullivan from Orenda for always picking the best books to blog about as part of #TeamOrenda. The March weather has been far from springlike this year, and it was amazing to be able to curl up with a good book and immerse myself in the story of Lennox, Ava, Helen & Ewan – and not to forget Sandy himself. It was such an immersive read that I could not stop once I’d started, and I’m dying to have a chat with someone else who’s read it as there’s just so much to talk about…

This latest book has definitely proven that he can write astonishingly well in any genre it’s plain to see why Doug remains such a favourite with all the Orenda bloggers, both old and new. The genius in his writing is that even though we are plunged into ever more complicated scenarios in each successive read, it always feels believable due to the characters that we meet in his books and the way that he makes us think hard whilst we connect with them, and live through the twists and turns of the narrative right alongside them. This book is far from my usual genre, but I fell for it hook, line, and sinker and I’ll do my very best to make sure that as many of my book-loving friends bag themselves a copy as soon as they possibly can.

I got absolutely engrossed in the intertwined tales of these characters. Doug Johnstone’s deft handling of big ideas such as connection, humanity and resilience really do set this book apart from the other books that I’ve read this month and have proven to me more than ever that the Orenda brand is just unbeatable in its consistent delivery of genre-defying, intelligently written fiction. I am vowing to keep this spoiler free so I’ll stop myself from explaining just why I found Sandy’s story so fascinating and thought-provoking – I’ll just say that I’m sure that you’ll find the literal and metaphorical journeys in this book just as compelling as I did. I am still thinking about the final few pages now and I guarantee that you won’t be able to step away from thinking about these characters long after you’ve closed the final page.

Doug Johnstone remains one of my very favourite writers as he manages such a compelling balance between tense situations and everyday events and that’s why his writing is so very satisfying. He never sacrifices character in the name of plot and that’s why we’ve all become such dedicated fans. You want to understand the bigger picture here, but you care just as much about them as people as you do about how the loose ends will be tied up. Their lives are complex and three-dimensional, their problems are the ones caused by their complicated lives of course – but they’re also the problems that many people have struggled with in terms of life choices and relationships that make them feel like people we know and people who matter to us. You will find yourself thinking about them, even when you’re not reading about them and you will definitely not forget them in a hurry.

This book will be sure to please Doug Johnstone’s many fans – but will also bring him many many more. We were all so delighted to hear about this book being picked up by Between The Covers and I could not be more delighted to hear Doug and his books being talked about more widely. It’s very well deserved and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Buy yourself a copy of The Space Between Us this Easter, and set aside some time to really enjoy it. It’s a perfect Autumn read I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s a strong contender for my read of the year and one that I can’t stop thinking about. It’s an absolute 10/10 from me for one of my favorite Scottish writers. I loved meeting Sandy and I know you will too. It’s fantastic to be able to share my thoughts about the book, but don’t just take my word for it – check out what these other bloggers had to say too…

Writer On The Shelf

Doug Johnstone is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His tenth novel, Breakers, was published by Orenda Books in May 2019, and was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. His previous books include The Jump, shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize, Gone Again, an Amazon bestseller, and Hit & Run, which was an Amazon #1 as well as being selected as a prestigious Fiction Uncovered winner. His work has received praise from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, William McIlvanney, Megan Abbott and Christopher Brookmyre.

Doug has been Writer in Residence with William Purves Funeral Directors. He is also a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, and was RLF Fellow at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh 2014-2016. Doug was also Writer in Residence at the University of Strathclyde 2010-2012 and before that worked as a lecturer in creative writing there. He’s had short stories appear in various publications and anthologies, and since 1999 he has worked as a freelance arts journalist, primarily covering music and literature. He is also a manuscript assessor for The Literary Consultancy and Emergents in the Scottish Highlands. He has taught creative writing at festivals and conferences and regularly at Moniack Mhor, and he has mentored aspiring writers for New Writing North and Scottish Book Trust.

Doug is one of the co-founders of the Scotland Writers Football Club, for whom he also puts in a shift in midfield as player-manager. He is also a singer, musician and songwriter in several bands, including Northern Alliance, who have released four albums to critical acclaim, as well as recording an album as a fictional band called The Ossians. Doug has also released three solo EPs. He plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a crime writing supergroup featuring Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste.

Doug has a degree in physics, a PhD in nuclear physics and a diploma in journalism, and worked for four years designing radars. He grew up in Arbroath and lives in Portobello, Edinburgh with his wife and two children.


The Close Jane Casey

The gripping new detective crime thriller featuring
Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent from the Top Ten SundayTimes bestselling author

At first glance, Jellicoe Close seems to be a perfect suburban street – well-kept houses with pristine
lawns, neighbours chatting over garden fences, children playing together.

But there are dark secrets behind the neat front doors, hidden dangers that include a ruthless
criminal who will stop at nothing.

It’s up to DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent to uncover the truth. Posing as a couple, they
move into the Close, blurring the lines between professional and personal as never before.

And while Maeve and Josh try to gather the evidence they need, they have no idea of the danger they
face – because someone in Jellicoe Close has murder on their mind.

The Close is easily my favourite read of the year. Hands down. Fans of Jane Casey will find much to love here and I know that it’s going to win over hordes of new fans too – who will be ecstatic when they find out exactly how extensive Maeve Kerrigan’s backstory actually is… I loved the premise of Maeve and Derwent hiding out as a ‘couple’ and started it the moment I laid hands on it. A late snowfall gave me the perfect excuse to spend the whole weekend indoors and I didn’t look up until I’d closed the final page


The foot of snow in March was a pain in the neck, but every cloud has a silver lining and three days at home to devote to reading meant that The Close has been read from cover to cover by all three members of this household with a resounding thumbs up from all concerned.  I love Jane Casey’s writing and the sense that we are right alongside Maeve as she uncovers things lurking beneath the surface in Jellicoe Close

It is a testament to her writing that the small town atmosphere of rumour and grudges is vividly brought to life on the page and we follow Maeve & Josh as they infiltrate the ‘perfect’ world of the Close.  Finding out what lurks under the peaceful outer appearance was definitely one of this novel’s strengths and I very much enjoyed their efforts to get to the truth – no matter how murky things got.

As ever, we enjoy the tiny details of Josh and Maeve’s relationship that always fee utterly authentic – and to be truthful always intrigue me just as much as the crimes that they are working on. They are perplexed by a fair few aspects of life within Jellicoe Close – and feel that there is more going on behind the pristine front gardens and picture perfect flowerbeds than meets the eye. I’m always committed to no spoliers, but I will say that their instincts are right and there is definitely a heart of darkness behind the manicured lawns and immaculate window dressings of The Close.

The Close is first and foremost a blooming good read.  I can confess that I am so invested in their relationship, even though we are on book ten, that I was absolutely more taken with their banter and one liners than I was with finding out the answers to the mysteries at the heart of the novel. I love the way that Jane Casey has allowed their relationship to grow, whilst always keeping it ambiguous whether they will ever fully give in to the simmering sexual tension which prevails.

I can honestly say that they are the best crimefighting duo there is. I absolutely loved Moonlighting as a teenager as I loved the crackling chemistry between the two protagonists – and this has the same feeling. You’ll absolutely be caught up in their relationship and I’m going to keep you guessing just as much as Jane Casey about whether book ten brings the reader any resolution to their ‘will they, won’t they’ feelings…

I heartily recommend it and would like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour

If you fancy reading it yourself – and I really think you should then you can buy yourself a copy here

Can’t wait to see what Maeve Kerrigan investigates next and I’m counting down the months until number eleven is published

Writer On The Shelf

Jane Casey has written twelve crime novels for adults and three for teenagers. Married to a criminal barrister, she’s got the inside track on some of the country’s most dangerous offenders, giving her writing an unsettlingly realistic feel.

This authenticity has made her novels international bestsellers and critical successes. They have been nominated for several awards and in 2015 Jane won both the Mary Higgins Clark Award and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for The Stranger You Know and After the Fire, respectively. In 2019, Cruel Acts was chosen as Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. It was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Dublin, Jane now lives in southwest London with her family.

One Moment Blog tour

An emotional read about love and trust, with an OMG ending’ Jill Mansell

One moment in time can change everything…

The day Scarlett dies should have been one of the most important of her life. It doesn’t feel fair that she’ll never have the chance to fulfil her dreams. And now, she’s still … here – wherever here is – watching the ripple effect of her death on the lives of those she loved the most.

Evie cannot contemplate her life without Scarlett, and she certainly cannot forgive Nate, the man she blames for her best friend’s death. But Nate keeps popping up when she least expects him to, catapulting Evie’s life in directions she’d never let herself imagine possible. Ways, perhaps, even those closest to her had long since given up on.

If you could go back, knowing everything that happens after, everything that happens because of that one moment in time, would you change the course of history or would you do it all again?

‘Poignant yet unwaveringly hopeful. An unmissable debut.’ Holly Miller

Am so happy to be on today’s Blog Tour for One Moment and it’s an actual tour today because I’m posting this from gorgeous Argyll this morning. It’s wonderful to be visiting a place that I associate with great books by writing about a great book here that I’m sure that so many of you are going to absolutely love!

I absolutely loved One Moment. It’s a warm and poignant read that will genuinely tug at your heartstrings and make you feel like you’ve become part of Evie’s journey forward after losing Scarlett and I know that you’ll end it – like me – feeling aware of all the things in life that we have to be grateful for and glad to have had the opportunity to think about the things that shine in your own life, whether those are friendships, family or happy moments that you have managed to hold onto even after such a challenging couple of years…

Evie was a fantastic character that you can totally believe in. When she loses Scarlett, her devastation is an easy sentiment to connect with – I’m sure lots of you will sadly find much to relate to here and it’s a wonderful thing to find grief portrayed so truthfully and unsentimentally in a book. I am glad that more writers are daring to include such ‘taboo’ subjects as grief and loss in fiction and giving so many people an insight into the way that so many people have to cope with pain, loss and trying to carve a new pathway in life and it is handled so sensitively here that I’m sure it will resonate with a great many readers.

Evie’s resilience and courage is one of the best things about One Moment. I loved the way we hear from more than one character’s perspective, and seeing things from both Nate and Scarlett’s point of view makes you feel like you really feel like you become part of this story as you read and I felt genuinely sad once I’d reached the final page and had to leave them behind.

‘ If you could go back, knowing everything that happens after, everything that happens because of that one moment in time, would you change the course of history or would you do it all again?’

Becky Hunter aka Bookish Becky has written a book that’s going to touch a lot of people.  It presents a picture of the way that we survive, whether that is individually or as part of a wider set of connections and realistically portrays the tiny victories and moments of sunlight that can permeate even the darkest days as we move through the seas of grief to find ourselves on an unfamiliar shore.

One Moment is a wonderful read, you will definitely be touched by these characters’ lives and you’ll need more than a few tissues to hand to cope with these characters’ heartbreakingly honest reflections on their loss and the way they navigate their life afterwards and I’ll be recommending this to lots of my bookish friends who I know love a book that deals with life in a thought-provoking and emotionally open way.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to participate in the Blog Tour – I certainly enjoyed this read and it’s been an honour to be part of its story – I’m totally certain that it’s going to be an amazing success. Buy yourself a copy here and meet Evie, Scarlett & Nate for yourself. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful and moving book this year. A wonderful spring read that I won’t forget in a hurry. Becky writes like a dream and I cannot wait to see where she takes us next!

Writer On The Shelf

Becky Hunter lived and worked in London for several years before moving to Mozambique to volunteer with horses and try her hand at writing. A few years, a few destinations, and a few jobs later she had the idea that would become One Moment. Alongside writing, she now works as a freelance editor and publicist, splitting her time between Bristol and London, and constantly trying to plan the next adventure.

Please do read some of the other reviews:

A thought-provoking and moving novel about loss, love, and the unique and life-affirming power of friendship. Poignant yet unwaveringly hopefulOne Moment is a fresh look at how grief can not only break us, but put us back together again. An unmissable debut. ― Holly Miller

‘Completely involving. An emotional read about love and trust, with an OMG ending — Jill Mansell

A joy from start to finish — Sheila O’Flanagan. No. 1 bestselling author

An exquisitely written novel about grief, hope and the power of love. I loved every word. — Cathy Bramley, Sunday Times bestselling author

Beautiful, hopeful, deeply emotional, incredibly wise and wonderfully romantic. One of those books I feel stronger for reading — Cressida McLaughlin

Fantastic. Incredibly moving and very thoughtfully written — Harriet Tyce

I adored this emotional debut from Becky Hunter. It’s such a gorgeous tale of love and friendship, beautifully written and with characters you really believe in. ― Georgina Moore, author of The Garnett Girls

This stunning debut explores grief, love and friendship in a beautiful and original way – a powerful read full of both moving and joyful moments ― My Weekly

Sharp, funny, tear-jerking, so assured and well observed. What a debut! — ELizabeth Buchan

warm and thoughtful novel that skewers friendship, loss and negotiating grief in a touching and relatable way. I was completely caught up in Evie and Scarlet’s stories. — Fanny Blake

poignant, uplifting and life-affirming tale of friendship, love, grief and learning to let go. It’ll have you welling up one moment and smiling the next. And by the end, your heart will feel a little fuller. ― CultureFly

hugely accomplished debut about dying, grief and loss, but also learning to live again. It’s about love in all its forms, and, despite its subject matter, it manages to be uplifting and life-affirming. It’s a story that will stay with me for a long time. — Claire Frost

Beautiful Shining People

This world is anything but ordinary, and it’s about to change forever…

It’s our world, but decades into the future…
An ordinary world, where cars drive themselves, drones glide across the sky, and robots work in burger shops. There are two superpowers and a digital Cold War, but all conflicts are safely oceans away. People get up, work, and have dinner. Everything is as it should be…

Except for seventeen-year-old John, a tech prodigy from a damaged family, who hides a deeply personal secret. But everything starts to change for him when he enters a tiny café on a cold Tokyo night. A café run by a disgraced sumo wrestler, where a peculiar dog with a spherical head lives, alongside its owner, enigmatic waitress Neotnia…

But Neotnia hides a secret of her own – a secret that will turn John’s unhappy life upside down. A secret that will take them from the neon streets of Tokyo to Hiroshima’s tragic past to the snowy mountains of Nagano.

A secret that reveals that this world is anything ordinary – and it’s about to change forever…

In Beautiful Shining People, Michael Grothaus shows off his extraordinary gift for making you really think through his writing by making you consider the end point of technological innovations and the potential impact on the tapestry of humanity. He is that rare writer who can write absolutely engrossing fiction that makes you as interested in its ideas as its plot and I was absolutely glued to it across this last weekend in bonny Argyll. Reviewing this book in such a calm and remote location created the perfect opportunity to think hard about the ideas explored in its pages as I enjoyed the stunning sea views and the unseasonally sunny weather – it was great to have the mental time and space to explore the ideas and questions in the book with some time away from the hurly-burly of my busy working life.

Am so happy to be on today’s Blog Tour of #BeautifulShiningPeople today. It’s wonderful to be able to really dedicate time to a book when you have totally switched off from work too. I love being able to shout loudly about great reads that people might not already have come across, and was really intrigued byEpiphany Jones so was delighted to get the chance to talk about another of Michael’s books.

Thank you so much to Anne Cater & Random Things Tours for inviting me on the tour, it is always good to get the chance to read books that you might not otherwise have crossed paths with

I absolutely loved this book. It’s a compelling and thought-provoking read that will pull you into its alternative world and make you consider the way that machines and humanity intersect from a very different perspective than you might have before. It really allows you to suspend your disbelief as you join John and the enigmatic Neotnia on their journey here, as they try to navigate their way round a secret that calls everything that they’ve ever accepted into question in a way they could never have imagined…

John was a character that you couldtotally believe in. It was deceptively easy to connect with his experiences and imagine yourself in his shoes– I’m sure lots of you will have had that feeling when your choices leave you feeling completely out of your depth and you can end up in situations that you could never have anticipated. Despite the fact that John’s world is so different to ours, this absolutely incredible tale allows you to connect with him as travels to infinity and beyond in search of some truths that only Neotnia could ever have exposed him to – and become aware of some ideas which change absolutely everything

Neotnia’s determination to turn this most challenging situation on its head and try to overturn this ‘problem’ through this journey is such a clever premise. We are already living in an era where so much is possible that this no longer feels like a ‘Brave New World’ – it feels like our world – and that is the scariest thing about this book. The way that money and science can come together to overturn centuries of evolotion is a fascinating idea to explore and their decision to travel together in search of answers allows you to see the way that humanity has not changed, despite such a great deal of technilogical progress. This book will keep you up late and constantly marvelling at its endless scope for invention. It’s so plausible that you’ll forget that you’re operating in an alternate reality, and you’ll lose yourself in the incredibly realistic alternate universe that we ge to explore as they follow their pathway to try and get to the heart of the matter.

There were many moments in their journey that I really enjoyed and connected with. Again, it is due to the strength of Michael Grothaus’ writing that this creative and innovative tale remains a story where you can connect with its characters and care about what happens to them – rather than just a philosophical debate in search of a storyline. It asks serious questions about how far we are willing to go – both literally and metaphorically in search of the things that truly matter to us, and what indeed might be the cost of our developing technological landscape in terms of its impact on humanity?

This is a book that you will be dying talk about with someone else that’s read it – it’s hard to imagine a more interesting book club read and I recommend it unreservedly.  It presents a picture of a journey we are on as a society and does not pull any punches when it asks us to consider the impact on humanity that lies at the heart of human progress. I would absolutely love to see this on our screens in the future. When you read the ‘roll of honour’ below, you’ll see that there are so many fans of Michael’s writing that are far more eminent than myself – so you don’t just have to take MY word for it… you really need to follow the tour and satisfy your curiosity about the ethical minefield here by buying yourself a copy.

It’s one of the most interestingly written, intriguing and thought provoking books I’ve read so far this year, and will make you think harder than you have ever thought before about the dance of science and humanity that we are caught up in…

Do yourself a favour and order yourself a copy – It really is the definition of unputdownable and I enjoyed every single morsel of it as I devoured it in Argyll this week.

Writer On The Shelf

Michael Grothaus is a novelist, journalist and author of non-fiction. His writing has appeared in Fast Company, VICE, Guardian, Litro Magazine, Irish Times, Screen, Quartz and others.

His debut novel, Epiphany Jones, a story about sex trafficking among the Hollywood elite, was longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and named one of the 25 ‘Most Irresistible Hollywood Novels’ by Entertainment Weekly.

His first non-fiction book, Trust No One: Inside the World of Deepfakes was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2021. The book examines the human impact that artificially generated video will have on individuals and society in the years to come. Michael is American…

Praise for this book:

Outstanding! Sci-fi showing how the past might impact on the future; part coming of age, part boy meets girl, with a strong sense of place and a glimpse into a (very plausible) terrifying future’ Michael J Malone
A beautiful, emotional and thought-provoking read, peppered with action and the thrill of a chase, heavy in technology, but bound by compassion’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews
A striking and strange novel, about beautiful shining people in all their strangeness – and a searing statement about the dangerously thin lines between utopia and dystopia’ B S Casey
‘Just devastatingly beautiful. It made me smile, it made me weep, it made me turn the pages faster and faster, holding my breath in suspense … quite simply immense’ From Belgium with Booklove

Love & Care Blog Tour

‘He’s in hospital again . . . and he’s not eating. Perhaps you should think about coming back to the UK,’ Brenda said. ‘I don’t think your dad will be going home again.’

Shaun is finally free of responsibilities to anyone but himself; single, with two grown-up daughters, he is just embarking on a new life in a new country when he gets a call to say his father is dying.

His mother has Parkinson’s Dementia and is in a care home. Shaun faces a stark choice: should he give up his new-found freedom, or turn his back on the woman he’d fought so hard to protect, not least from his own father?

Shaun’s mother had loved and cared for her son all her life. Could he now do the same for her?

I love books that introduce me to new stories and open my eyes to characters and situations that I haven’t experienced. I really enjoyed Love & Care and am now determined to embark upon the podcast to get even more of an insight into Shaun’s experiences and see the moments explored through these pages from another angle.

It doesn’t really matter if you have ever been involved in caring for a loved one to love this book This is no run-of-the-mill autobiography, but instead asks us to consider big questions about love and how far we will go in order to look after those closest to us. It covers many different situations and remains extremely funny whilst never for a moment shying away from the most difficult of experiences. Shaun is a deep thinker, and his reflective, honest and brave exploration of how challenging the role of a carer is will definitely open many people’s eyes and show exactly how demanding this journey can be.

This book is determined to show us what caring for a loved one involves, from a ‘warts and all’ perspective, not just as a strong and caring role model but sometimes as someone who is finding things so challenging that they literally do not know what their next step should be. It is sometimes quite difficult to read as we see the very taxing issues that carers have to deal with, both inside their homes and externally, and it increased my admiration for his character as he picked himself up, dusted himself down, and gritted his teeth in order to walk forward stronger each time, even in the face of so many setbacks, challenges and issues.

I loved its immersive quality and spent an afternoon on the window seat, totally lost in this honest and moving tale. As a family person, it was hard to read about some of the very difficult parts of being a full-time carer for someone you love and it would be difficult for anyone to finish this book without a huge amount of respect for anyone who embarks upon this journey once you begin to understand exactly how alone and helpless you’ll be bound to feel at times

I loved reading about Shaun’s journey and as I’ve said, I’m really looking forward to hearing his real-life voice on the podcast, after enjoying the book so much. I have handed this over to a former student of mine who is embarking on a care experience themself, and I hope that they feel inspired and ‘energised ‘seen’ by being able to read about Shaun’s experiences from an ‘insider’s perspective

Thank you to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and I heartily recommend that you buy yourself a copy as soon as possible so that you can enjoy this wonderfully written and thought-provoking read for yourself.

Writer On The Shelf

Shaun Deeney is a former journalist and Emmy award-winning film and TV producer. He has made current affairs programmes for ITV on social issues, including care. He is also the creator of a podcast on caring for his mother called Love and Care. Shaun has a degree in English and American Literature from Kent at Canterbury. He has two daughters and loves listening to Frank Sinatra. For more information visit

Praise for Love & Care:

A heart-warming, heart-wrenching, and beautifully humane account of loving and caring.‘ NICCI GERRARD, novelist and author of What Dementia Teaches Us About Love

‘An insightful tale of care . . . this book needed to be written.’ JO GOOD, BBC Radio London

‘A vital subject, a really strong voice and, hurrah, humour makes this absorbing reading.’ CAROLINE RAPHAEL, Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime

An eye-opening – and at times jaw dropping – account that will make you weep with its tenderness and compassion . . . A highly readable tale of redemption and a celebration of love’s many hues.‘ PAUL BLEZARD, Love Reading


The Garnett Girls

Forbidden, passionate and all-encompassing, Margo and Richard’s love affair was the stuff of legend– but, ultimately, doomed.

When Richard walked out, Margo locked herself away, leaving her three daughters, Rachel, Imogen and Sasha, to run wild.

Years later, charismatic Margo entertains lovers and friends in her cottage on the Isle of Wight, refusing to ever speak of Richard and her painful past. But her silence is keeping each of the Garnett girls from finding true happiness.

Rachel is desperate to return to London, but is held hostage by responsibility for Sandcove, their beloved but crumbling family home.

Dreamy Imogen feels the pressure to marry her kind, considerate fiancé, even when life is taking an unexpected turn.

And wild, passionate Sasha, trapped between her fractured family and controlling husband, is weighed down by a secret that could shake the family to its core…

The Garnett Girls, the captivating debut from Georgina Moore, asks whether children can ever be free of the mistakes of their parents.

A brilliant debut and powerful tale of sisterhood and home, set on the beautiful beaches of the Isle of Wight…

Love makes you do things you never thought you were capable of.

Margo and Richard’s love affair was the stuff legends are made of—forbidden, passionate, all-encompassing. But ultimately, doomed.

When Richard walked out, Margo shut herself away from the world, leaving her three daughters, Rachel, Imogen and Sasha, to run wild.

Having finally put the past behind her, the charismatic Margo holds court in her cottage on the Isle of Wight, refusing to ever speak of Richard. But her silence is keeping each of the Garnett girls from finding true happiness.

The eldest, Rachel, is desperate to return to London but is held hostage by responsibility for Sandcove, their beloved but crumbling family home.

Imogen, the dreamy middle child, feels the pressure to marry her kind, considerate fiancé, even when her life is taking an unexpected turn.

And wild, passionate Sasha, the baby, trapped between her increasingly alienated family and her controlling husband, has unearthed the secret behind Richard’s departure… and when she reveals it, the effects are devastating.

Set on the beautiful beaches of the Isle of Wight, The Garnett Girls asks whether children can ever be free of the mistakes their parents make.

I love doing Anne Cater’s Blog Tours with Random Things as no two books she ever wants me to review are the same. When she asked me onto the tour for The Garnett Girls, I was really intrigued as I have followed @publicitybooks for so long and loved seeing the diverse range of books that she talks about on Twitter that I was so intrigued to discover her own writing voice after hearing about it for so long; it has also been amazing hearing what all my other blogging friends thought too. It’s like a virtual book group where you are waiting every day to see what other people enjoyed about a book that you’ve loved…

I was really intrigued to read The Garnett Girls, as  I love novels that deal with family relationships and how different generations interact, and the complexities that lurk beneath the surfaces of most families’ lives.  As soon as this book arrived,  I wanted to open it up and find out how The Garnett Girls’ lives would unfold as we discover the ways their complicated lives and relationships unfold with the backdrop of such a gorgeous place.  I loved the initial backdrop of Margo and Richard’s star-crossed love affair and was utterly gripped by the impact of its demise across the lives of all three of their daughters. I found this book totally engrossing once I’d started: I really felt like I’d got to know them as real people as I read and was so drawn into their world that I had to remind myself that I wasn’t right there on the Isle of Wight at Sandcove alongside them.

I also enjoyed the way that Georgina Moore allows us to see the reality of families and the complexity of relationships, rather than just the ‘happy ever after’ that we are so often presented with in fiction and I think that this is one of the things that I enjoyed most about this book. The way that the siblings fall into their childhood roles in the way that they interact with one another is exceptionally well drawn and a testament to her skill as a writer that we really believe in their relationships with one another and I’m sure that there are many siblings reading this novel and nodding their heads in recognition at the way that they interact not only with their mother but with one another too. Margo was by far my favourite character and I found myself wishing that I could experience one of her legendary parties for myself…

The way that she builds in the uncertainties about what’s really going on beneath the surface and slowly develops our understanding of what is going on in the heads of these characters is convincingly done and leads to you feeling like you can really start to understand them as people. Rachel, Imogen, and Sasha have such interesting and well-drawn relationships and I’m looking forward to hearing what my sister thought of her over a long coffee date as soon as possible.

The scenes where these family members are trying to deal with the ramifications of the past and the impact of the fallout of their parents’ separation on their own lives and relationships have an incredibly realistic feel and the comparisons with The Cazalets are definitely well-deserved. I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to immerse myself in the intricacies of this family’s life and found it really thought-provoking to have the contrasting voices of the generations to see the events unfolding from their two very different perspectives.

The Garnett Girl is a fascinating and immersive read as it takes a genuine look at what we really mean by ‘family’ in a way that never feels ‘worthy’ or sermonising. It allows us a glance into a series of relationships where peoples’ needs are complex and real and dares us to ask ourselves what we might have lost along the way in our own lives. Its setting is another aspect that I really enjoyed and it really made me feel like I was able to immerse myself in events where the beauty of the surroundings and the complexities of what is unfolding is deftly juxtaposed.

I always enjoy a book much more if I’m away from school life and have time to absolutely immerse myself in it. I found myself sitting in stunning cafes in Prague, glued to its pages thinking about these characters and their lives as if they were real people that I knew. I can’t wait to see what Georgina writes next and am so glad that the lockdown allowed her to write a story of her own after such a long career supporting other people’s creativity

Treat yourself to a copy here – you are in for an absolute treat.

Praise for The Garnett Girls:

‘With Moore’s evocative prose, it’s easy to see why The Garnett Girls is being likened to works by commercial fiction queens Penny Vincenzi and Maeve Binchy’ The Observer

‘An absorbing family drama with resonating settings on the Isle of Wight’ Independent

‘This immersive saga probes the traumas that families conceal. It is a novel full of appetite – that readers will down greedily’ Sunday Times

‘Moore… conjures a beguiling sense of place’ The Times

The Garnett Girls offers romance and glamorous women to those who want an escapist read but also gives complex emotions, heartache and jeopardy to a younger more intellectual readership’ Evening Standard

‘Richly textured, immersive and astute’ Mirror

‘Beautifully crafted’ Sun

‘Giving Big Little Lies energy’ Grazia

‘One of the best debuts this year’ Hello

‘A story full of secrets, the weight of family expectations and the love that binds us together… a brilliantly readable debut’ Fabulous

‘The beautiful Isle of Wight setting only adds to the joy of this immersive family drama My Weekly

‘A glamorous, alcohol-soaked family drama… If you love books about rich, beautiful people behaving badly and you miss the late Penny Vincenzi and Rosamunde Pilcher, then you are going to adore The Garnett Girls’ Red

‘Read this terrific debut for the compelling characters and the gorgeous descriptions’ Good Housekeeping

‘Full of forbidden and thwarted passion, the family story… feels as fresh as a sea breeze’ Best

‘Touching’ Bella

‘Truly one to get lost in’ Heat

‘A touching and compelling read’ Woman & Home

‘Compelling, lyrical and gorgeously crafted… an utterly transportive debut’ Glamour

Writer On The Shelf

Georgina Moore grew up in London and lives on a houseboat on the River Thames with her partner, two children and Bomber, the Border Terrier.   The Garnett Girls is her first novel and is set on the Isle of Wight, where Georgina and her family have a holiday houseboat called Sturdy.

The Silence Project Blog Tour

Monster. Martyr. Mother.

On Emilia Morris’s thirteenth birthday, her mother Rachel moves into a tent at the bottom of their garden. From that day on, she never says another word. Inspired by her vow of silence, other women join her and together they build the Community. Eight years later, Rachel and thousands of her followers around the world burn themselves to death.

In the aftermath of what comes to be known as the Event, the Community’s global influence quickly grows. As a result, the whole world has an opinion about Rachel – whether they see her as a callous monster or a heroic martyr – but Emilia has never voiced hers publicly. Until now.

When she publishes her own account of her mother’s life in a memoir called The Silence Project, Emilia also decides to reveal just how sinister the Community has become. In the process, she steps out of Rachel’s shadow once and for all, so that her own voice may finally be heard.

Readers can’t stop shouting about The Silence Project

In The Silence Project,  Carole Hailey shows off her extraordinary gift for making you really think through her writing by making you think hard about the way that extreme ideas can sweep through society and the polarising power of contemporary media. She is that rare writer who can write absolutely engrossing fiction that makes you as interested in its ideas as its plot and I was absolutely glued to it across this week. Reviewing this book during half term in stunning Prague created the perfect opportunity to think hard about the ideas explored in its pages as I spent hours exploring the beautiful streets of the old town – and it was great to have the mental time and space to explore the ideas and questions in the book over a few cold refreshments in its beautiful cafes too

Am so happy to be on today’s Blog Tour of #TheSilenceProject today. It’s wonderful to be able to really dedicate time to a book when you have totally switched off from work too. I love being able to shout loudly about great reads that people might not already have come across and love being introduced to new writers, especially when they write such thought-provoking fiction.

Thank you so much to Anne Cater & Random Things Tours for inviting me on the tour, it has been a great way to celebrate half term in such good company and it’d make a great gift for any other Aquarian in your life…

I absolutely loved this book. It’s a compelling and thought-provoking read that will pull you into its alternative world and make you consider the way that ideas spread through society from a very different perspective than you might have before. It really allows you to suspend your disbelief as you join Emilia as she steps out from her mother’s shadows and brings an end to the ‘silence’ that has prevailed for such a long time

Emilia was a character that you can totally believe in. When I was reading about her early years, it was deceptively easy to connect with her experiences and imagine yourself in her shoes– I’m sure lots of you love being transported to an alternative reality where you can think about our own society at a remove, such as the Handmaid’s Tale and Emilia’s story is another way of considering truth, freedom and choices in our own moral landscape…

Emilia’s determination to find her voice after such a long period of allowing her mother’s views to frame the narrative around the Community is such a clever premise. We are already living in an era where so much is possible that this no longer feels like a ‘Brave New World’ – it feels like our world – and that is the scariest thing about this book. The way that a cult of personality can infiltrate so many people’s lives is all too frightening a reality and the contemporary noise around ‘Andrew Tate’ and some of his views show how quickly amd effectively some of these extreme perspectives can spread.

There were loads of moments in Emilia’s journey that I really connected with – and I loved the utter originality of both the premise and the way that it was brought to life. Again, it is due to the strength of Carole Hailey’s writing that this moral proposition remains a story where you can connect with Emilia and care about what happens to her – rather than just a philosophical debate dressed up as a novel. It asks serious questions about how far we are willing to go and never stops feeling like a scarily credible proposition, beneath some of its very extreme events…

This is a book that you will be screaming out to talk about – it’s hard to imagine a more interesting book club read and I recommend it unreservedly.  It presents a picture of a journey we are on as a society and does not pull any punches when it asks us to consider the implications of fanaticism and the cult of personality. I would absolutely love to see this on our screens in the future. When you read the ‘roll of honor’ below, you’ll see that there are so many fans of her writing that are far more eminent than me – so you don’t just have to take MY word for it… you really need to follow the tour and satisfy your curiosity about the ethical minefield here by buying yourself a copy.

Do yourself a favor and order yourself a copy – It really is the definition of unputdownable and I enjoyed every single morsel of it as I devoured it in the cafes of the Old Town this week!


An utterly compelling page-turner, you’ll keep thinking about this novel long after you’ve put it down. ― Glamour

A page-turner ― Scotland on Sunday

Carole Hailey has conjured a gripping tale of transformation; its protagonist’s clear-eyed, arresting voice is impossible to ignore. This striking debut grounds itself in a world we recognize in order to invite us to imagine both darkness – and hope. The Silence Project marks the arrival of a sophisticated and compelling new voice. — Erica Wagner

Totally unique, gripping, compelling and immersive — Nell Hudson, author of Just For Today

‘Multilayered and philosophical … grippingly compulsive … reminiscent of writers such as Margaret Atwood, Naomi Alderman and Miriam Toews … inventive and original ― Nation Cymru

Compulsive reading … so timely in its considerations of the ownership of narrative and truth — Jane Fraser, author of Advent

A big novel, a story for our age that asks the central question: how to save an endangered world when there can no longer be heroes? Love and power burn through The Silence ProjectA terrifying and beautiful coming of age story. What an achievement! — Isabelle Dupuy author of Living the Dream

A gripping, intelligent, multi-layered triumph — Andy Charman, author of Crow Court

ferociously smart page turner, exploring how idealism curdles into fanaticism, silence into violence. Brilliantly original and inventive. — Alan Bilton, author of The Known and Unknown Sea

Arresting … pins down the zeigeist as if with a rivet gun and is so good on the subject of cults that it might well become the focus one. Bravo. — Jon Gower

Captivating … a nimble and fascinating page-turner ― Buzz

Writer On The Shelf

Carole Hailey completed the six-month Guardian/UEA novel writing course taught by Bernardine Evaristo, who imbued Carole with such a love for writing fiction that she abandoned her career in law to undertake an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. Her MA was followed by a PhD in Creative Writing at Swansea University, which Carole completed in 2020.

Carole was a London Library Emerging Writer 2020/21. Her novel, The Silence Project, was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award 2020 and highly commended by the judges. The Silence Project is Corvus’ lead debut for the first half of 2023, publishing on 9th February 2023.

Carole lives in Wales with her husband and two rescue dogs.

Dirt Blog Tour

This is no utopia…

1996. Northern Israel. Lola leaves an unhappy home life in England for the fabled utopian life of a kibbutz, but this heavily guarded farming community on the Arab-Israeli border isn’t the idyll it seems, and tensions are festering.

Hundreds of miles away, in the Jerusalem offices of the International Tribune newspaper, all eyes are on Israel’s response to a spate of rocket attacks from Lebanon, until cub reporter Jonny Murphy gets a tip from a mysterious source that sends him straight into the danger zone.

When the body of an Arab worker is discovered in the dirt of the kibbutz chicken house, it triggers a series of events that puts Lola and the whole community in jeopardy, and Jonny begins to uncover a series of secrets that put everything at risk, as he begins to realise just how far some people will go to belong…

This book is one that I’ve been waiting for for a long time and I was delighted when it arrived for the blog tour. Sarah Sultoon has the background knowledge and experience to write so credibly about these matters that you absolutely forget that it’s fiction. She’s one of my favourite Orenda writers as she can immerse you so fully in her narratives that you feel like you’ve lived through these experiences with her characters. The way that Sultoon brings her characters so vividly to life – whether you are in the kibbutz alongside Lola or trying to make your mark in the cut and thrust of a busy and chaotic newsroom – ensures that once you start her books, it’s almost impossible to drag yourself away and back to the ‘real world’

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You are whisked back in time to Israel in 1996, and see the kibbutz through Lola’s eyes and witness the way that the scales fall from her eyes as the longed-for escape turns into a more dangerous place than she imagined. Her unhappiness at home has led to this bid for freedom but this freedom comes with a price that’s far higher than her naivety could ever have considered. Jonny’s newsroom is also a place where tensions are emerging: he gets an unexpected tip-off that means that he’s plunged into an international situation that could potentially implode. His cub reporter role is transformed as a body is discovered and he’s caught up in the dangerous situation that emerges in the community…

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What I always find one of the strongest aspects of Sarah’s writing is the way that she allows us to have credible insights into the way that different people see the same situation from their own unique perspectives. This juxtaposition – between the way that Lola experiences this situation compared with Jonny – was one of the things that I enjoyed most about this read and is actually one of the key things I enjoy about Orenda books – that their characters are never stereotypically what you might expect and you can’t always pigeonhole them and have a clear understanding of how they’ll behave or how their narrative will unfold. I love the way that their previous experiences gradually become more apparent to us and this builds our relationship with them and the way we experience their stories as the plot unfolds.

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These two characters’ worlds collide when their story takes a turn for the darker side and we are reminded that the stories we see on the news every day are always an edited version. We are thrust into a world that lets us experience the depths that human beings will stoop to and we are given an insider’s perspective of the way that the stories we bring with us into a situation can often influence the outcome far more than we ever expect. This is a compelling and powerful read without a doubt, but it never feels invasive or insensitive as Sarah Sultoon takes pains to remind us that although this is a fictional narrative, there are many journalists, aid workers, and innocent civilians who don’t get the opportunity to close the page and walk away – we see the human impact of news headlines and this makes for an unputdownable read.

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Dirt is a gritty and realistic slice of fiction that will definitely win Sarah Sultoon a whole legion of new readers. I’m definitely including it in my Spring Reads column in 17 Degrees Magazine because I want to make sure that as many people as positive get the chance to enjoy it too. Orenda books are my favourites for a reason. It was hard at times to remember that these are fictional characters rather than real people whose lives are unfolding on the page and it made me wish that I was able to see these gripping events unfold on the screen. You are kept on your toes as a reader and not led by the nose when you are asked to think about the motives or people or the true version of events and that’s another thing I really love about Sarah’s writing – she trusts you as a reader and credits you with the intelligence to work your way to the answers rather than spoon feeding you. It makes for a richer and far more satisfying reading experience and I still can’t stop thinking about this story…

You will definitely find it hard to put this book down since you’ll be so wrapped up in this gripping and brilliantly plotted read – you’ll need to keep reading and find out how it all ends. I can’t emphasise enough that this is a tough and uncompromising read, but it never feels gratuitously shocking and you will at times find it hard to look away, even when it gets so much darker than you might have prepared yourself for. Needless to say, I’m really jealous of anyone who’s yet to start reading this book as it really stands out in a crowded field due to Sultoon’s own expertise and once you’ve read the first chapter you definitely won’t be able to put it down.

I recommend this tense and hard-hitting novel to people who really like to get their teeth into a story that feels 100% real from the start. I loved the characterisation as much as I enjoyed the cleverly constructed plot and I know that it’s going to be much talked about as it feels like one of those books that becomes a word-of-mouth hit – it really is that good! Buy yourself a copy here and if you haven’t read her other books, order yourself the full set!

Writer On The Shelf

Sarah Sultoon is a journalist and writer whose work as an international news executive at CNN has taken her all over the world, from the seats of power in both Westminster and Washington to the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan. She has extensive experience in conflict zones, winning three Peabody awards for her work on the war in Syria, an Emmy for her contribution to the coverage of Europe’s migrant crisis in 2015, and a number of Royal Television Society gongs.

 As passionate about fiction as nonfiction, she recently completed a Masters of Studies in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge, adding to an undergraduate language degree in French and Spanish, and Masters of Philosophy in History, Film and Television. When not reading or writing she can usually be found somewhere outside, either running, swimming or throwing a ball for her three children and dog while she imagines what might happen if…

Dashboard Elvis Is Dead

Renowned photo-journalist Jude Montgomery arrives in Glasgow in 2014, in the wake of the failed Scottish independence referendum, and it’s clear that she’s searching for someone.

Is it Anna Mason, who will go on to lead the country as First Minister? Jamie Hewitt, guitarist from eighties one-hit wonders The Hyptones? Or is it Rabbit – Jude’s estranged foster sister, now a world-famous artist?

Three apparently unconnected people, who share a devastating secret, whose lives were forever changed by one traumatic night in Phoenix, forty years earlier.

Taking us back to a school shooting in her Texas hometown, and a 1980s road trip across the American West – to San Francisco and on to New York – Jude’s search ends in Glasgow, and a final, shocking event that only one person can fully explain…
An extraordinary, gritty and tender novel about fate and destiny, regret and absolution – and a road trip that changes everything…

I absolutely adore David F Ross and his writing and I loved ‘There’s Only One Danny Garvey’ so much that I was almost scared to pick this up as I worried that I couldn’t possibly love it as much…

But here’s the thing, it’s possible to fall in love with books for such very different reasons and there is definitely still room in my heart for this one, no matter how much I loved Danny and keep a special place in my heart for his story.

I often think of poems that attach themselves to my thoughts when I’m reading a novel and I suppose that’s the curse of being an English teacher. I wanted to keep this one short and sweet because I think that Emily Dickinson gets it perfectly right in very few words and as we read about these seemingly unconnected characters, the thoughts around the ‘sting in the tail’ – or the ‘sting in the tale’ if you will – start to swirl around my head with the idea that the very thing that we often think we are seeking might well be the undoing of us – but if you want to think more deeply about that idea, you’re definitely going to have to read the book for yourself…

It is a testament to Ross’s writing that you are once again absolutely caught up in this sweeping and immersive narrative and feel like these three characters are real people whose lives you have become entangled in – and just like real people’s lives, the truth is rarely as black and white, nor as tidy as people like to think. This time, instead of smalltown Scotland, we are transported to Texas, and a road trip across America – However thoughts about nationhood, belonging and home are never really all that far away and the quality of the writing will keep you turning those pages as you imagine yourself traveling back to Glasgow and thinking about the ties that bind us and where we really belong to, even as we feel the wheels spinning on a long lost American highway…

Stuart Cosgrove has described this novel as ‘A mesmerising road trip through the America of Kerouac, Warhol and Reagan. Dashboard Elvis may be dead, but this book is full of vibrant, authentic, colourful life’  I’d have to agree on all fronts. The only thing this description misses out on is that it takes you with it on its unique and eclectic journey and you should definitely go out and buy yourself a copy right now.

The skillful way that David Ross weaves the threads of this novel together so that you feel connected to Jude, Anna and James – for all their very different experiences – is a testament to his skill as a writer. Mary Queen of Scots wrote that in her end was her beginning “En ma Fin gît mon Commencement” and Jude’s journey feels like that – that we only get to see the entirety of her story once we have traveled both backwards and forwards in time with her and seen her at all the different times in her life and how all of this adds up to her ‘story’ – the other characters might not seem obviously connected at first – but this is one of the most satisfying things about David’s writing – that it is often only once you’ve closed the final page that you can see the whole picture – that while you are reading it’s only ‘through a glass darkly’ as you aren’t given all of the information at once. It’s like a magic eye picture, you have to hold all the different parts of the story in your head at the same time and then – and only then – do you finally get to see the full story…

Like me, you’ll be emotionally invested as this story unfolds for these characters and even though this isn’t a hugely long read, there is still plenty of time to think about your own youth and the ‘might have beens’ along the way as we think about some of the destinations, wrong turns and dead ends on our own literal and metaphorical highways…

I loved the way that this novel wove all of its threads together – of the uncertainties about the past and everything that led to Anna’s current situation with the additional threads that come together in ways that you might never have imagined – I loved the way that humour and pathos come together at the same time as real-world events such as 9/11 are woven into the fictional narrative. This is the perfect read for these long cold December nights and would be an absolutely amazing book club choice – I guarantee that you’ll be recommending it to so many people afterwards – as you’ll not be able to stop thinking about this original, intelligent and thought-provoking read and you’ll want to see what other folk think as soon as they’ve finished.

David Ross is also famously adept at inspiring awesome playlists in his novels and you will definitely be reaching for your old albums after thinking about the Hyptones and their music – I was away down an 80s music pathway as I went back to my own youth in small-town Scotland and thought about the bands I loved then and what they might be playing, remembering and missing now…

I’ll go with a Camera Obscura song to finish off and play us out

Buy this book – it’s bloody brilliant

‘ll brace myself for the loneliness
Say hello to feelings that I detest
This maudlin career must come to an end
I don’t want to be sad again
This maudlin career must come to an end
I don’t want to be sad again

‘Few do raw, authentic, almost palpably believable characters better than David F. Ross’ The Times

‘A masterclass in transatlantic intertwining storytelling from one of Scotland’s finest writers’ Derek Steel, Razur Cuts

‘A rich and rewarding novel that takes in the culture and social history of both Scotland and the USA, beautifully weaving stories together over decades … devastating’ Alistair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae

‘An ambitious, sweeping novel … Taut and gritty, Dashboard Elvis Is Dead interrogates truth, and pulses with life’ Donna McLean

‘An irresistible story of chances taken and missed, and of last-ditch hopes of redemption … the writing is exquisite’ Katie Allen

‘Gripping, gritty and gloriously written, David F. Ross captures characters, places and moods like few other writers … a triumph of a novel’ Martin Geissler

‘A rawness and sensitivity that is so visceral … another extraordinary novel from David F. Ross’ Anne Cater

‘Simultaneously intimate and epic … my head and heart are spinning’ From Belgium with Booklove

Dashboard Elvis Is Dead  is definitely one of those novels that you are unable to forget, and really pulled me out of a reading slump – it really is a page turner; keeping you guessing throughout and wondering in idle moments about the routes you’ve taken, the stops yiou’ve missed or the way that our own past might re emerge in an unexpected way someday…

If you feel intrigued and would like to order yourself a copy and find out for yourself what has had such a huge impact on me, then buy yourself a copy here

Check out these other fantastic bloggers on the tour. Thank you so much to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for the invite – You know that I love an Orenda read and can’t wait to see where David takes us next.

Writer On The Shelf


David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social-media commentator, author and enabler by night.

His debut novel The Last Days of Disco was shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and optioned for the stage by the Scottish National Theatre. All five of his novels have achieved notable critical acclaim and There’s Only One Danny Garvey, published in 2021 by Orenda Books, was shortlisted for the prestigious Saltire Society Prize for Scottish Fiction Book of the Year.

David lives in Ayrshire.