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James Yorkston

Tuesday 11th October

Topping & Company Booksellers of St Andrews, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9HG
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Join us on the 11th of October for a celebration of the book launch for The Book of the Gaels from singer-songwriter and author from the East Neuk of Fife, James Yorkston.

Rural West Cork, Ireland. Two Kids, Joseph and Paul, and their struggling, poet father, Fraser, are battling grief and poverty. When a letter arrives with a summons to Dublin and the promise of publication, it offers a chink of light – the hope of rescue. But Dublin is a long, wet and hungry way from West Cork in the mid-70s, especially when they have no money – just the clothes they stand up in and an old, battered suitcase.

So begins an almost anti-roadtrip of flipsides and contradictions – dreams and nightmares, promises and disappointments, generosity and meanness, unconditional love and shocking neglect.

I absolutely love this book. The ending really had me ‘on the edge of my seat” as they say. Get it read! ~ Jarvis Cocker

James is a brilliant writer, he never fails to deliver something unique. I love this book, it’s lonely, funny and reassuringly dark… ~ Sam Heughan