About the authors

Alan McCombes


This is Alan McCombes’ third book following Imagine (Canongate, 2000) and Downfall (Birlinn, 2011). He founded the Scottish Socialist Voice newspaper in 1996, and went on to become a founding member of the Scottish Socialist Party and the Scottish Independence Convention. A Glaswegian born and bred, he now lives in Perthshire.

Read our interview with Alan.

Roz Paterson


Roz Paterson sadly passed away in May 2019 after a brave and high profile battle against cancer. She leaves behind her in the Highlands her husband and two young children. Her novel Charlie Knows the Words was published by Polygon in 2002 and she also wrote extensively for a range of newspapers including the Sunday Herald, the Daily Record, the Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, the Scottish Socialist Voice and Red Pepper.

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