#ScotLitFest: 2017 Debut Showcase

We’re delighted to bring back the Debut Showcase for 2017, and we’ve got three brilliant authors to share with you. Here’s an introduction to their books. Join us on Twitter from 1pm-2pm to meet three of your new favourite authors.


Natalie Fergie – The Sewing Machine
3 secrets. 27 notebooks. 4 generations. 1 blog. Millions of stitches.

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, in Edinburgh, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother’s sewing machine was made, Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents. His family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colourful seams. He starts to unpick the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

The Sewing Machine, Natalie Fergie: Waterstones | Blackwell’s | Amazon | Indie Bookshops near you


Chris McQueer – Hings
From the streets of working class Scotland, and on occasion, a little beyond our solar system, comes one of the country’s most hilarious debut writers. Putting surreal and witty twists on the everyday, Chris McQueer creates recognisable characters you will love and want to avoid like the plague.

Peter’s earned his night off, and there’s not a bloody chance he s covering Shelley’s shift. He just needs to find some pals for the perfect cover story. Deek is going to be at the forefront of the outsider art movement and do Banksy proud. Davie loves tattoos and his latest is going to be a masterpiece. Tam is one of the most creative minds in the galaxy (apparently), but creating parallel universes can cause problems. Everybody on Earth wakes up with their knees on backwards.

Hings, Chris McQueer: Waterstones | Amazon | Indie Bookshops near you


Louise Hutcheson – The Paper Cell
From the publisher of Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project, the first in a new series of distinctive, standalone crime stories, each with a literary bent.

In 1950s London, a literary agent finds fame when he secretly steals a young woman’s brilliant novel manuscript and publishes it under his own name, Lewis Carson. Two days after their meeting, the woman is found strangled on Peckham Rye Common: did Lewis purloin the manuscript as an act of callous opportunism, or as the spoils of a calculated murder?

The Paper Cell, Louise Hutcheson: Waterstones | Blackwell’s | Amazon | Indie Bookshops near you

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