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GOOD NEWS FROM RIGA, GLENFARRON, THE MORENA, TERRAFERMA, THE WHITE PORCUPINE, THE PHYSICIAN OF SANLUCAR, POOR MERCY, BLUE POPPIES
GOOD NEWS FROM RIGA
A novel of exiles and roses
GOOD NEWS FROM RIGA is a most unusual story, concerning groups of exiles living in ruined mill buildings in a city which some will recognise as based on Dundee. Resolutely marginalised by the authorities, they dream of their return ‘home’ to a land which few of them can now remember. They are discovered by a wealthy and successful but rather naive doctor who gets drawn into their internal squabbles even as he falls in love.
As the exiles threaten to devour their own young, the doctor looks for an escape for himself and his love, but can hardly imagine the difficulties he will face.
This is a very black comedy of our times.
First published by Stupor Mundi Books, Fife, 2018. 250 pp. paperback £5.99 or e-book £2.99
From Amazon, and on Kobo, Nook and other e-platforms, or direct from Stupor Mundi.
A novel of the Scottish Highlands
Glenfarron is set in a remote area of the Scottish Highlands, and concerns the fortunes of three generations of incomers: Polish aircrew at a military hospital in the 1940s; young Glaswegians inheriting property in the 1970s; and African diplomats in 2006.
Re-issue from Stupor Mundi Books, Fife, 2017
(First published by Two Ravens Press, Ullapool, 2008)
Now available in paperback and as an e-book from Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon and all the usual online retailers.
THE MORENA and other stories
Two decades of stories widely published and broadcast by the BBC, but collected here for the first time. The title story was winner of a PEN fiction award and was shortlisted for the 2007 National Short Story Prize.
Published by Stupor Mundi Books, Fife, 2017
Available in paperback and as an e-book from all the usual online retailers.
TERRAFERMA & other stories
The killing of a mammoth obstructing the tourist routes in the Scottish Highlands, and the death of a terrorist in an attic overlooking the Venetian lagoon. Desperate negotiations with an architect in Iran, and the beating of an aid worker for failing to deliver rain. These are the sort of scenarios that feature in a second collection of stories including the substantial title novella.
Published by Stupor Mundi Books, Fife (2017). Available as an e-book and in paperback from all the usual online sellers.
Published January 2015
THE WHITE PORCUPINE
a novel of love and rebellion
in Java and Holland
THE WHITE PORCUPINE is a virtuoso novel. It is a mystery, and an exploration of loyalties: father and daughter, lovers and friends, soldiers and nations. Set in Java in the 1940s and the Netherlands in the 1970s, it tells the peculiar story of Ben Pinksterbloem, a military radio expert caught up in a post-colonial drama. Ben is brave, cunning, and ruthless, but in Java he commits the soldier’s ultimate betrayal.
The novel is based on historical events: the Indonesian War of Independence that ended in 1950, and a series of terrorist “actions” in the Netherlands. It is in part based on a true-life character, A dutch soldier who decided that what his countrymen were doing in Java was wrong, and who switched sides – but at a terrible cost to his family.
The White Porcupine is published in two editions: an e-book from all the usual sites (Kobo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc), and a hardback with nice paper, a Dutch typeface of the 1940s, and a very attractive dustjacket. This is a signed and numbered limited edition of 150 copies available from me – get in touch!
Available from COURTYARD BOOKS, 9 Bonnygate, Cupar, Fife KY15 4BU
Tel. 01334 657890. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also available as an e-book from Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and the usual sellers.
And from May 2018 in a paperback from Amazon.
366 pages. £8.99
A novel of South America
THE PHYSICIAN 0F SANLUCAR
This is the novel written courtesy of the Creative Scotland Award I won in 2007. It’s set in Patagonia, South America, between 1905 and 1915, and tells of a French doctor called Matthieu Macanan, a specialist in sexually transmitted diseases, whose reclusive way of life is under threat. He retreats ever further into the wilderness, but all sorts of trouble turns up – not least a beautiful Austrian aviator, and a ship laden with gold.
Published in paperback, May 2013, by Aurora Metro Books (London)
A novel of Tibet
A novel of Sudan
Poor Mercy is based on JF’s experiences working with a British aid team in Darfur, Western Sudan, in 1991. The novel centres on two Sudanese working for such a team. Mr Mogga is a refugee from the south of the country. Always the misfit in Darfur, he nonetheless makes himself indispensible to the Europeans through his competence and his dogged good humour. Leila is a Khartoum-trained biologist whose family is in trouble with the security services. The tender and often comical relationship between the two is set against a rapidly worsening political situation. Meanwhile, the team leader, Xavier, must confront the dilemma that faces all aid workers: is the relief team’s very presence not in fact making matters even worse?
“An outstanding novel.” Sunday Times