St Andrews graduate Richard Drysdale launches his novel State Of Emergency. A political thriller inspired by Scotland’s 2014 Independence referendum, State of Emergency considers a future Scotland where another referendum looks likely to swing the other way. How far would a UK government go to preserve the union?
At the last minute the Westminster government declares a State of Emergency and imposes Direct Rule to prevent a Yes vote from happening. The book explores themes of belonging, betrayal, and the use and abuse of power in a surveillance state. It is set in Edinburgh, Fife, Skye and London and explores the possible ramifications of such events.
Richard Drysdale is a historian and teacher, who was active in the 2014 referendum.