Escape Into Books
Books - the most perfect bit of kit we've got. Whether you prefer audio, paperbacks or ePub files, in any time and in any place they can take you anywhere you want to go. You want laughs? Thrills? Knowledge? Reflection? Beauty? You'll get them all in a good book. So, as many of us will be taking time out our daily routines this month, BooksfromScotland are here, as ever, to recommend something special for you in your Time Out.
Gears for Queers By Abigail Felton and Lilith Cooper Published by Sandstone Press
You’ve had quite the adventurous time of it over the last couple of years. Firstly, you both cycled (and camped!) across Europe and then you decided to write about the experience. How did these adventures come about?
Abi: When we started dating, we both talked about travelling, but neither of us were sure how we wanted it to look. For a while, I had been thinking about walking across Europe, and it was Lili who suggested we try cycling instead. I hadn’t been on a bike for about eight years before we met, so I knew it would be a steep learning curve, but I was up for giving it a go!
The opportunity to write the book came up when we were approached by Kay, an assistant publisher at Sandstone Press, based up in Inverness. She’d got hold of a few of our zines and asked us if we’d considered writing a book!
Did you always know that you would write about your trip?
Lili: Not at all! Or at least, not in the way we ended up writing about it. I kept a journal the whole way, and when we came back we started writing blog posts and zines about the tour, but really focusing on specific things like offering advice for folxs considering touring, or vegan campstove recipes. I think we probably wouldn’t have written a book about the trip without the push from Kay, and she r...
One Button Benny and the Gigantic Catastrophe By Alan Windram Published by Little Door Books
‘He was continuously on the watch for the critic, reporter or love interest that would finally unmask him for the stand-in he felt he had become. It never happened. Instead, his career took off.’
‘Entranced by medicine, it would take illness and its associated fear to remind him of the reason he wanted to become a doctor all those years ago.’
‘Speaking to passionate people about something they enjoy is one of the best feelings as a writer.’
‘A wine shop had one word above its window: Rossini. I admit, I was mildly excited about being in the town where this most delicious fizz is made.’
‘People often talk about landscape when they talk about Highland Noir, but though the scenery is lovely, I think the character of Highlanders, particularly Highland women is unique, so I wanted to exp …
‘Feeling tired after a busy day?’
‘I smile. Her warmth is contagious.’
‘”If I look at the picture long enough, if I focus my mind on the whole and on the detail, I’ll find it. You know, the stillness.”‘
‘The really bizarre thing is to look at the other person and wonder who they are, what they’re doing there next to you, when it was that their facial features changed so much.’
‘In Scotland oor wirds Are gey different, aye.’
‘As he approached, he could see the unmistakable figure of Detective Sergeant Quinn issuing instructions to a couple of uniformed officers. He frowned. He still hadn’t made his mind up about his new a …
‘Waves gently lapping Warm breezes cooling heat haze Perfect peacefulness.’