ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: June 20, 2020
By Laura Guthrie
Every cloud has a silver lining. Doesn’t it?
Anna is thirteen years old, lives in London with her father, and has Asperger’s syndrome. When her father dies she travels up to the Scottish Central Belt to live with her estranged, reclusive mother. With little support to help her fit in, she must use everything her father taught her – especially her ‘Happy Game’ – to integrate into her new community, connect with her mother, discover her past, and cope with the challenges along the way.
Laura Guthrie grew up in the rural Scottish Highlands (“I come from where the planes don’t fly”). Her creative influences include Nessie and the elusive ‘Caiplich Beast’, as well as some choice authors and their works. She has an honours degree in biological sciences from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Glasgow. She is a member of the Dingwall-based Ross-Shire Writers, and has produced two of her own plays with her theatre company, Sunrise Theatre. Her poetry and short fiction have been anthologised by several Scottish presses. She is the winner of the 2016 Exeter Story Prize. Anna is her first novel. She currently lives near Inverness.