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A Very Scotch Affair

by Robin Jenkins

£6.99

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SKU: 9781904598442 Categories: , ,
ISBN: 9781904598442
Published: 07 Jul 2005
Format: Paperback
Extent: 192
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon
Categories:
Fiction
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About the Book

Mungo's wife is the extroverted and excessively cheerful Bess, too busy cracking jokes or playing whist to give her husband's misery any sympathy and dismissing his vague intellectual, imaginative and amorous ambitions as pointless dreams. Mungo finds himself bound to her not so much by love and loyalty as by the many trivial commonplaces of married life. When Bess is stricken by cancer, Mungo sees an opportunity for him to escape both his loveless marriage and his tyrannical conscience. As Mungo seizes this chance, his actions have far-reaching effects which he had never imagined; his eldest son follows his father's example into betrayal and abandons his pregnant girlfriend; his eighteen-year-old daughter becomes emotionally numb to the situation; his younger son, just twelve-years-old, develops an intense hatred towards his father and turns his back on the family, moving away to live with relatives. Mungo is left looking at the pieces of his broken family. The readers are pulled into a story which has well drawn characters, a strong sense of place and real people involved in real situations.
The complex themes of betrayal and conscience are explored by Jenkins with precision and with a delightfully wicked sense of humour.


The Author

Robin Jenkins

John Robin Jenkins was born in 1912, one of four children, in the village of Flemington, near Cambuslang. He studied English at the University of Glasgow. When World War II broke out, he registered as a conscientious objector and was directed to work for the Forestry Commission; he used this experience in the acclaimed novel, The Cone Gatherers. In 1957, he moved abroad to work in Spain, Afghanistan and Malaysia. In 1968, he settled in Dunoon where he remained for the rest of his life. In 2002 he received the Saltire Society's Award for Lifetime Achievement. He died in 2005.