I am presently living in Bournemouth, but I lived for twelve years in a village near Carfin so my book is based on real experience of Lanarkshire and the people who live there. I worked for twenty years as a child protection social worker in Scotland and England therefore I have a wide base of knowledge of the Social Services of the era that I am writing.
I have worked at many and diverse jobs in Scotland Canada, England and Spain, from waitressing with roller skates to teaching English to asylum seekers from eastern Europe. I am now writing which is what I really wanted to do all the time.
on Jan. 01, 2014 :
This book is charming, the characters are likeable and the story moves along nicely. There are a couple of more elaborate reviews on goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19110556-scotland-zen-and-the-art-of-social-work but since the author doesn't seem to have a page there, I'm posting a review here as well.
Looking forward to seeing more...
(review of free book)
on April 15, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - it's a mixture of humour, pathos, and the characters are totally believable. Social workers seem to get so much bad press nowadays - how refreshing to read about one who cares about his 'clients'.
And I want to know what happens next between Mags and Tommy!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 18, 2011 :
I really enjoyed reading this debut novel, it is funny and the characters are very realistic. The religious issues are handled well and the pace is lively. although the problems in the family are serious the story is told with real Scottish humour. The positive side of an arranged marriage is highlighted and the social work anecdotes are priceless. This is a family you would like to know more about. Certainly would like to read more of this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 03, 2011 :
Loved this book, couldn't put it down. The characters were believable.
Funny, tragic and heartwarming. Just like living in Scotland really.
Well worth a read, can't wait for more from this author!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)