The Old Haunts with Allan Radcliffe - Ticket & Book option

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Wednesday, 20th September at 6.30pm

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We are delighted to be hosting author Allan Radcliffe at the shop and hearing all about his forthcoming debut novel The Old Haunts! He'll be joined in conversation by the one and only Mary Paulson-Ellis. If you thought exciting literary events were reserved for the month of August, think again...

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About the book:

Recently bereaved Jamie is staying at a rural steading in the heart of Scotland with his actor boyfriend Alex. The sudden loss of both of Jamie's parents hangs like a shadow over the trip. In his grief, Jamie finds himself sifting through bittersweet memories, from his working-class upbringing in Edinburgh to his bohemian twenties in London, with a growing awareness of his sexuality threaded through these formative years.

In the present, when Alex is called away to an audition, Jamie can no longer avoid the pull of the past: haunted by an inescapable failure to share his full self with his parents, he must confront his unresolved feelings towards them. In spare, evocative prose, Allan Radcliffe tells a wistful coming-of-age story and paints a tender portrait of grief in all its complexities.

About Allan Radcliffe:

Allan Radcliffe is a writer and theatre critic for The Times in Scotland and was previously well known among the contributors to the ScotsmanSunday HeraldSunday TimesMetro and the Big Issue, among other papers and journals. His poetry and short stories have appeared in Out There, Elsewhere, Markings, the Best Gay Short StoriesNew Writing ScotlandCeltic View and Gutter Magazine and he has written a monologue about the painter Frances MacDonald McNair that has been performed at art galleries up and down the country.  The Old Haunts is his debut novel. 

Author photo credit: Ditte Solgaard Dunn

About Mary Paulson-Ellis

Mary Paulson-Ellis is an award-winning novelist writing across the boundaries of crime, historical and literary fiction. Her debut, The Other Mrs Walker was a Times bestseller and Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year. Mary’s work has featured in the Guardian and on BBC Radio 4 and in 2019 Val McDermid named her one of ten exciting LGBTQ+ writers working today. In 2023 she was appointed Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow by Edinburgh Unesco City of Literature to work on a new book about the city. Emily Noble’s Disgrace is her third novel.

Author photo credit: Chris Scott