Book Week Scotland 2019: Blether and My Books

Looking forward to this year’s Book Week Scotland programme, funded by Book Trust Scotland. I will be attending other writers’ events but also speaking at two of my own. My events this year will feature the Willie Morton thriller series that I write as Andrew Scott. I’ll be at Coldside Community Library, 150 Strathmartine Road, Dundee, on Wednesday 20th November at 2pm. Then Banff Library, High Street, Banff, on Thursday 21st November at 7pm. I’ll be reading extracts from the first two titles in the series, Deadly Secrecy and Scotched Nation. https://andrewmurrayscott.scot/home/novels/And discussing the pitfalls and pains of creating a contemporary thriller series set mainly in locations around Scotland. I hope to field some interesting questions from the audience and get a good blether going! Blether is the theme of this year’s BWS programme. It’s great that we have this annual celebration of books, reading and writing just at the start of the winter. There is nothing more pleasurable than staying in and enjoying a good book! My events are free but ticketed. Tickets and more information about the Banff event can be obtained from Live Life Aberdeenshire website / Events… Tickets for the Dundee event can be obtained from Eventbrite Andrew Scott – the Willie Morton series. The full BWS programme: https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland

Video 2: Scotched Nation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cH-YSvj6eE Video 2: Scotched Nation. I created these brief videos as publicity tools to explain, as concisely as possible, the purpose and scope of my new series of political thriller fiction. The Willie Morton mystery thriller series, rooted in Edinburgh, is set around some of the most wonderful landscapes that Scotland has to offer, in many locations that are off the beaten track. An early comment on the visual quality of the writing, by (strangely enough) a Scottish publisher interested in publishing the first book, referred to the immersive nature of the writing. I decided against accepting their offer, preferring to retain, for the moment, my artistic independence, in order to establish the series. I believe the books would make excellent films as they have three of the essential ingredients: strong conflict embedded in compelling narratives about an emerging Scotland, wonderfully scenic locations for action sequences and topical themes as relevant and urgent as today’s headlines. And all of this within the structure of an ongoing fiction series involving a cast of believable characters and a quite flawed but likeable protagonist, struggling freelance journalist, Willie Morton.

Two new books this month!

October is the busiest month! At least for me. I have two new books out. Firstly, Scotched Nation, the second Willie Morton political conspiracy thriller, which is now on general release after a month of pre-orders. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scotched-Nation-Willie-Morton-mystery/dp/0993384056Thanks to those who pre-ordered. It is now available in paperback and on Kindle and an audiobook is in preparation. Secondly, the fourth edition of my local bestseller, Modern Dundee: Life in the city since World War Two, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Dundee-Andrew-Murray-Scott/dp/1780916000is now available in paperback. This popular social history is fully revised and has approximately fifty new photographs and additional material bringing the story bang up to date. It is the perfect Christmas present for Scots here and abroad with a Dundee connection. Details and more information on the relevant page here and quick links to buy direct are also included on ‘Buy Andrew’s books’ home page. Thanks for your interest!

Book Tour

Here’s a random selection of images from my book signing tour of bookshops in the north-east. It was a lot of fun and the weather was great. I signed copies in every store and met some real book enthusiasts. I hope to get invited to several book festivals in the area in the future and would like to thank all the bookshop staff who helped to make it such a pleasant experience. It wasn’t a sellout but I took a cardboard box of books and came back with just ten books. On the other hand, my wife and I also bought a lot of books!

Yeadon’s of Banchory
Nairn book customer
Marjorie Marshall and Claire Filer – the wonderful team at The Bookmark, Grantown on Spey
Another book signing – and a fellow mandolin player!
Had a lovely chat with these Elgin booklovers
The enthusiastic staff team at Yeadon’s Banchory
The Bookmark, Grantown on Spey – small but very busy!
Some members of my family – my three lovely cousins – attended my event at Aberdeen Waterstones.
Booktalk at Waterstones Aberdeen… some empty chairs… only eight folk turned up!
More pen action…
Yes, the streets of Elgin were kinda quiet… must be people somewhere?

Deadly Secrecy – Reviews so far…

As many authors and publishers would admit, it’s more difficult to get magazines and newspapers to review your books. Space is so limited these days and there are so many books out there. But you try not to think of that and send your book off for review, and of course try to get online reviews too.

But Deadly Secrecy has been lucky so far, we’ve had some great reviews and mentions in the press. The book has even been mentioned in The Times and read by the Daily Record‘s political editor who found it entertaining. This is a summary of the reviews so far:

‘Comprehensive and satisfying… from the opening pages I was immediately drawn into the intriguing plotline… a complex, multi-layered novel that demands the reader’s undivided attention… riveting… tension-filled from start to finish… very impressive’ – Dundee Courier

‘Loosely-based on the Willie McRae killing, a fast-moving novel… keeps you involved right to the end… a very good read’ – Scots Independent

‘This former press officer’s debut mystery, set in Scotland, is a page-turner’ – Evening Telegraph

‘Scott cleverly weave this politically-charged story together through journalist Willie Morton’s journey across Scotland’ – Scottish Field

‘Real page-turner… keeps up the tension throughout’ – Lesley Riddoch

‘Entertaining conspiracy fiction with the Brits as the baddies’ – David Clegg, Political Editor, Daily Record

‘a pacy read and an enjoyable story… the tension is maintained’  – Retired Reader, Amazon.co.uk

‘real page-turner and kept me engrossed throughout… very evocative. I really recommend it’ – Busy Bookworm, Waterstones.com

Modern Dundee Talk: Local History Week, 5th March, Lochee Library

Local History Week: Andrew Murray Scott will give an illustrated talk at Lochee Library on Tuesday 5th March, based on his successful book Modern Dundee: Life in the City Since World War Two. Admission free. A Live Literature Event.

The book, first published in 2002 in hardback by Breedon Books was a chart success and was revised and updated for a first paperback edition in 2006 when it was again a local bestseller.

Reprinted in a second paperback edition by Derby Books in 2011, it continues to sell steadily and will be revised and updated in 2019 for a third paperback edition.

Deadly Secrecy by Andrew Scott

“Real page turner… keeps up the tension throughout” LESLEY RIDDOCH

My new conspiracy thriller, Deadly Secrecy, is out and available to buy online and in bookshops.

It’s the first of a three-part series featuring Edinburgh freelance journalist Willie Morton. This time, investigating the mystery death of an anti-nuclear activist, he runs up against the worst of British spooks and has to flee for his life. Chased by Daniel McGinley and the British Nuclear Installations Protection Squad all over the Highlands, Morton gets close to the truth – or as close as he can in a contemporary Britain that guards its secrets ever more fiercely.

Set against a backdrop of growing political tension between the two parliaments of Westminster and Holyrood, this contemporary thriller is persuasive, timely and politically-charged.

Available in ebook format (£1:99) and paperback (rrp £8:99)  in bookshops and online.

 

Now Telling U Stories as podcasts

Although new to podcasting, I’m giving it a try. I find reading stories aloud is a very effective way of editing the stories; refining what I’m trying to say. Also, of course, I hope my stories can find a new audience.  I’m not sure about whether that’s true or not. I hope so. Anyway, they are out there now, on iTunes, Stitcher (for Androids), on TuneIn, PlayerFM, for good or ill. So far, four stories are on the platform, Telling U Stories.  Ghosts – a young man drifts in and out of casual romance in Madrid, in the terrific summer heat and light. Twilight Incident, an anti-colonising narrative about the sins of Edward Beaton’s working life in Kampala, Uganda in the 1960s coming back to haunt him with a vengeance in a Gents’ Outfitters in 1980s Dundee.  The Glasshouses, a gentle evocation of the diverging lives of a brother and sister as they visit the diverse habitats of the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens on a cold February day. And today, I’ve added Sharing, where hospital worker Stephen suffers the torment of knowing his girlfriend Susan has another lover. This is perhaps the most painfully autobiographical of the four stories although I have used aspects of my life in all of them. The stories have been recorded with fairly basic equipment and are presented without much embellishment, no music, no fanfares. I have no idea whether they will be listened to by any or many.

I’m hoping discerning listeners will find their way to the stories, and, of course, ultimately my other work too. I intend to put up new stories fairly regularly and if I receive ratings or reviews, will respond to suggestions. You can of course, listen to the stories via the player on my web blog: www.andrewmurrayscott.scot on the Podcasts page but I suppose the easiest way to engage is to search for Telling U Stories on your own podcasting app, whether that is Apple, Stitcher, or any of the others. Thanks for your interest!