Anne Marie's Da, a Glaswegian painter and decorator, has always been game for a laugh. So when he first takes up meditation at the Buddhist Centre, no one takes him seriously (especially when his pursuit of the new lama ends in a trip round the Carmunnock bypass). But as Jimmy becomes more involved in a search for the spiritual, his beliefs start to come into conflict with the needs of his wife, Liz. Cracks appear in their apparently happy family life, and the ensuing events change the lives of each family member.
Shortlisted for Orange Prize 2003.
Shortlisted for Whitbread Prize (First Novel) 2003.
Winner of the 1997 Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition and a Canongate Prize winner in 2000, ANNE DONOVAN's stories have been widely anthologised and broadcast on radio. Hieroglyphics, her first collection of short stories, was published in 2001 by Canongate. She lives in Glasgow.