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add to favorites A Dundee Detective by David Aitken “A slick assured modern novel set in Scotland.” (The Independent)
“A stylish tale of murder and mayhem in bonnie Dundee.” (The Scotsman)
The hero of David Aitken’s A Dundee Detective, Scott Learmont, was recruited by British Intelligence while still a postgraduate student of Mandarin Chinese and Classical Arabic, ‘two of the world’s most impenetrable languages for a foreigner to learn.’ He has had an interesting career, in the course of which he was posted at various times to Iran, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait and Afghanistan. Check it out on Amazon Books Ltd.
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add to favorites Sleeping with Jane Austen by David Aitken “Sleeping with Jane Austen by David Aitken is an ambitious novel, brilliantly realised.” (Scotland Online)
“A funny-serious book.” (The Times, London)
“An astonishingly vivid portrait of a catastrophically disturbed man.” (The Telegraph)
“A waggish narrative describing a fatal fascination… a great title.” (The Literary Review)
What society chooses to call Daniel Adamson’s crime is the extreme fondness he has for women’s ears. This preference has led Daniel to commit deliberate murder and involuntary arson, to consort with rent girls, even to sink to autobiography as he languishes in a mental hospital. Confession is good for the soul? Daniel confesses in spades. Daniel confesses in buckets and spades. Can he really cajole us into believing that he is an innocent victim of society, upbringing, the ozone layer, and his own DNA? Can he coax a smile out of us even as he horrifies us?
Where do Lola Montez, Miss Jean Brodie, Cleopatra, a prie-dieu and a pib-corn come into it all? And is Inspector Angus Macbriar unique in the annals of recorded crime by dint of his utter lack of interesting traits? Slip into this wig and judge for yourself. Or check it out on Amazon Books, Ltd.
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add to favorites The Foster Factory by David Learmont “A witty, acerbic, sad and hilarious tale of how an elderly couple became foster carers in their mid-sixties. Stylish writing with a twist!” (Sunday Telegraph)
“The Foster Factory is a remarkable achievement and David Learmont made me laugh on almost every page with his entertaining turns of phrase.” (The Sunday Times)
The book deals with the experiences of David and his wife Marsha once they retired and started working again as Foster Carers. David claims that if he had written it as a novel, the characters in it would have been considered ‘too outlandish to be credible.’
How the elderly couple dealt with egomaniacs, kleptomaniacs, tractor-maniacs, and children who stabbed him and burned down their house are just some of the tales that David recounts with “what is left” of his sense of humour and his “diminishing stock” of faith in mankind. Read it and weep. Or laugh. Possibly both.
“David and Marsha are nothing short of incredible and I hope they are enjoying their second retirement in Andorra.” (The Daily Mail)
Check it out on Amazon Books, Ltd.
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