The Songs of Manolo Escobar
By (author) Carlos Alba
For Antonio, growing up Spanish in Glasgow is a nightmare – one of shame and potential embarrassment on every front. But there is no hiding his ethnicity: his noisy, bullying father, even his gentle mother and her quest for olives and exotic meats, put paid to that. It is only as he grows older, and can see his father for what he is, a reluctant exile washed up on the cold shores of Scotland, that Antonio begins to understand what terrible forces drove his father to flee 40 years before. Unravelling his father’s secret life piece by piece, Antonio discovers a truth that will shock and heal him.
Carlos Alba is a journalist who has worked in Scotland for the past 17 years. He was editor of The Sunday Times (Scotland) since September 2006 after five years as deputy editor. Prior to that, he was Scottish political editor of the Daily Record and education correspondent at The Herald. He has won five Scottish Press awards. He is the author of Kane’s Ladder, also published by Polygon.