Book Signing Success at Scots Independent

Very successful book signing hosted by the excellent team at the Scots Independent at the EICC on Saturday and Sunday. Lots of friendly advice and support from the great and good and some great laughs and reminiscences. The bearded gent whose copy I’m signing is my old AUSNA pal Sandy Allan,  with former SI editor Jim Lynch and his wife and Ian Hamilton – a great SI team. Thanks guys! We shifted box loads. Pic courtesy of Tony Grahame.


Conference Event for Scottish Novel


Andrew Scott will be promoting and signing copies of his novel Deadly Secrecy, on Saturday 27th April, from 10:30-4:00pm at the Scots Independent stall at the SNP Conference, Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Described by Lesley Riddoch as a “real page turner” and by David Clegg, Political Editor of the Daily Record as “entertaining conspiracy fiction with the Brits as the baddies”, Deadly Secrecy, the first in a series of political conspiracy thrillers, is also available in Waterstones and other bookshops (£8.99)  and as an Ebook (£1.91).


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!

Of Musical Matters

Have been greatly taken up with music and songwriting of late, to the exclusion of other writing.  This is mainly because I am still waiting to hear from publishers about various literary works. Music offers instant gratification while I wait. The guitar and mandolins sit there in the study, become impossible to ignore. “I’ll just plug in and play a few songs…” which of course turns into hours…

Songwriting is a natural progression from that. I am pretty much always in the process of writing a song and it can take up an almost endless time and not always be productive. And yet when I’m fully engaged in writing a novel or book-length project, I don’t write songs! It’s either one or the other for me, never both at the same time.

However, with my music buddy, after nearly two years of rehearsal, we’re nearing the end of getting twelve tracks into a suitable condition for putting onto a CD. Nothing too ambitious, its essentially a set list and four of them are covers. Eight of the tracks are our own, four of mine, four of his, and they fit within the general category of Scottish traditional folk or acoustic. We’re quite proud of our songs but we’re not expecting to win a Trad Award, at least not this year! It’s just for fun really. The biggest problem we’ve faced and continue to face is the struggle to improve our harmonies. The question of our band name is another issue. We did a gig as Stairheid Rammie but that suggests a ceilidh band, then we got two songs on a charity CD as The Ferryboys and now I’ve suggested Corbies’ Knowe which is an actual place that we both like and it has historical significance. So that might be it. No-one else is using that name, at least according to Mr Google.

Inspiration in the Woods

Yesterday we went for a walk in the woods in Perthshire. It was mild, dry, there was even occasional sunshine and we saw lots of wildlife, lots of red squirrels, fallow deer, flocks of starlings, buzzards, Canada geese, wigeon. This time of year, before Autumn shrinks into Winter is an inspirational time for a writer. There’s something about deep woods that is iconic of wilderness or the outdoors. Of course civilisation emerged from the forests and so there’s something mythic about being enfolded in deep woods. It’s a symbol of the depth and darkness of otherness; some 18th century religions sought to portray woods as an actual source of evil and think how many slasher movies take place there. For me, a walk in the woods with the vibrant Autumnal colours always requires a notebook and pen in my pocket. And my most recently completed novel started that way. I was walking in the woods of Vermont, early fall, some years ago and it occurred to me how easy it would be to get lost and… what if you wanted to get lost? Would it be possible to stay lost, to survive as a hermit? From that idea, I soon came up with a character who wanted to escape… into woods and possible motivations… an unusual character, but harmless, likeable even, and if you have somebody who is lost, even willingly, you’re going to need to have somebody looking for him… I had half a plot already. So then you need a starting point… perhaps a failed romance…

And that was how my mind turned and twisted as I came up with my novel ‘The Way Back’ that has taken me longer to complete than any other project. In fact, I have worked it and reworked over years while other novels have been begun, completed and published. Recently, I spent some time with it and really got to grips with and this time I think I have finally nailed it. Anyway it’s out there, so let’s hope publishers agree.

Dundee Literary Festival

Dundee Literary Festival is over for another year. I hugely enjoyed my brief event as part of ‘Exploring Dundee’s History’ participating alongside other authors published by Abertay Historical Society and Billy Kay.  The event was reasonably well-attended (around fifty) but was all too brief!

I also managed to attend several other events, including a discussion of Graeme McRae Burnet’s third novel, Accident on the A35, chaired by Louise Welsh. I was gratified when the discussion veered towards the subject of Alex Trocchi as an influence. Later, I managed to get Graeme to agree to a selfie!

Forthcoming Event – Dundee Literary Festival

I am looking forward to participating in an event on Thursday 19th at 5pm in the Bonar Hall Dundee,  celebrating 70 years of Abertay Historical Society publications.  As an Abertay author myself – Vol 1&2 of Dundee’s Literary Lives 2003/4 (see Non-Fiction page), I will be speaking along with other AHS authors and Billy Kay. Full details at: https://literarydundee.co.uk/festival/think-local-exploring-dundees-history-for-70-years

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