What Scot Lit Fest is Reading: Week 2

Every Friday Scot Lit Fest shares what they’ve been reading in the past week.

Trumpet by Jackie KayTrumpet – Jackie Kay (Picador)

Trumpet follows the tale of fictional musician Joss Moody. He has died and the jazz world is in mourning, but the secret he’s guarded his whole life comes out in death, one that his son must face: his father was, in fact, a woman.

Jackie Kay artfully considers ties between gender and the identity and impact someone can have on the world. There’s anger, upset, love, adoration, even the journalist trying to write the tell-all book. Trumpet puts identity under the spotlight: what really makes a person themselves? What really defines them? It’s wonderfully written, very readable, and I would recommend this over and over.

Entry Island by Peter MayEntry Island – Peter May (Quercus)

Stepping away from the solely Scottish setting of Peter May’s Lewis Trilogy, Entry Island takes us to Canada and the Gulf of St Lawrence. Detective Sime Mackenzie is flown in when a murder takes place on a historically crime-less island – Entry Island. Sime soon begins to obsess over the decreased’s wife and how his family’s history from 19th century Outer Hebrides might be involved.

May’s skilful pacing and relatable characterisation is ever present but it’s the switching between POV, narrative, location and time that sets Entry Island apart from your average crime read. The description of 1880s Scotland is rich and addictive. It keeps the plot galloping and the reader on their toes. Highly recommended crime read with a refreshingly unique perspective.

So, what have you all been reading this week?

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