Eighteen short-stories (14 in Gaelic and 4 in English) from a remarkable new writer who proves with this debut collection that he is indeed a master of the short story form. Extraordinary moments in ordinary lives, exuberant prose and a huge range of visions and voices combine to create a rich, vital and satisfying read. Whether in Aldershot, Uist, Glasgow, Nicaragua or elsewhere, the characters are brought to life with intelligence, passion and humour. Love, war, death, passion, belonging, identity, uncertainty, desire, tragedy and joy are just some of the themes which are skill-fully explored.
Martin MacIntyre is one of the emerging stars of contemporary Scottish writing. Born in 1965, he was brought up in Lenzie near Glasgow. With strong South Uist connections on his father's side, he took a keen early interest in Gaelic. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Aberdeen in 1988, followed by further qualification in Broadcasting and Gaeltachd Studies from Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic college in Skye, in 1992. He also writes poetry and is a talented story teller and traditional singer.