ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: September 15, 2016
The Making of Mickey Bell
By (author) Kellan MacInnes
It’s September 2014 and Mickey Bell has HIV, is on the dole, and survives in the high flats in Drumkirk. When advocacy-worker Carmen filled in Mickey’s benefits form she exaggerated his health problems and for the past five years he’s been receiving incapacity living allowance for ‘help getting around’. Now Mickey’s psychotic ex, Tommy, grasses him to the benefit fraud hotline, and Mickey runs away. Accompanied by Tyke, a wee collie dog, and pursued by an investigator from the Department for Social Security, he sets out to climb his last Munro. With the background a celebration of Scotland’s landscape, Mickey’s personal journey from a life on benefits to a brighter future mirrors Scotland’s journey towards independence.
Diagnosed with AIDS related cancer in 1997 Kellan MacInnes cashed in his pension, went home and waited to die… only he didn’t. Kellan’s first book Caleb’s List was shortlisted for the 2013 Saltire Society First Scottish Book Award. Since not dying of AIDS, he has been employed as a befriender, a painter and decorator, a life coach and a bike tour guide. He ‘compleated’ the Munros in September 2014. The Making of Mickey Bell is his first novel.