Every Friday Scot Lit Fest shares what they’ve been reading in the past week.
The Other Mrs Walker – Mary Paulson-Ellis (Mantle)
An old lady dies alone and unheeded in a cold Edinburgh flat, on a snowy Christmas night. A faded emerald dress hangs in her wardrobe; a spilt glass of whisky pools on the carpet. A few days later a middle-aged woman arrives back to the city of her birth, her future uncertain, her past in tatters. But what Margaret Penny cannot yet know is that in investigating the death of one friendless old lady, her own life will become enriched beyond measure.
Mary’s debut is an exceptional work that spans decades and weaves two stories together. Tragedy, loss, children, isolation, family – this is one that will draw you in. Mary will be part of our debut showcase talking about this magnificent book – do join us and discover a great talent.
The Comet Seekers – Helen Sedgwick (Harvill Secker)
Róisín and François first meet in the snowy white expanse of Antarctica. And everything changes. While Róisín grew up in a tiny village in Ireland, ablaze with a passion for science and the skies and for all there is to discover about the world, François was raised by his beautiful young mother, who dreamt of new worlds but was unable to turn her back on her past.
A lifetime feels a long time, but it’s barely a blink of an eye to a comet. Dipping through the past of the characters and their families only when a comet is in the sky, this encompasses a thousand years in a few hundred pages in a story in which the sky is home, it’s adventure, family and a new start – everything and nothing. Helen will also be joining us for our debut showcase.
The Ballad of Halo Jones – Alan Moore, Ian Gibson (2000AD)
When Halo Jones grows bored with her life in The Hoop a futuristic world where jobs are scarce and excitement is non-existent she sets out to see the galaxy, any way she can. But can she survive the highs and lows that lie in her path, including an extended period of shipboard servitude and a tour of duty in a terrifying war that defies the physics of space and time?
The classic feminist space opera – an epic description by all accounts – is a fun space-age read in a world with no jobs and excitement, but a universe that offers so much more.
So, what have you all been reading this week?