The Legg family are a nightmare, and it is only that good if you are part of it. Domestic violence, heavy drinking, junk food and cigarettes are the staples of everyday life and an unholy interest in eggs only adds a surreal twist to the misery Gregg Legg has to put up with. He has always been bullied and the bullying seems as though it will continue throughout his life, being only marginally better since he decided to marry Peggy Legg, who doesn't let anyone bully her husband except herself. But now there is their son to think about and Gregg doesn't want history to repeat itself. "Wooden Womb Man" is a surreal, darkly hilarious and often terrifying novel, which digs into the heart of an ASBO community and finds it to be as healthy as the ash from a packet of Kensitas Club. Set in Irvine, Elizabeth O'Neill writes in dialect and describes the horror of domestic abuse and its effects from a new and refreshing perspective, the darkness of the story leavened with some of the worst puns ever set in print.
Wooden Womb Man is Elizabeth O'Neill's debut novel, and takes a darkly humoured view of one of society's last taboos - that of male victim domestic abuse. Elizabeth was born in Penrith to Scottish parents, and moved to Scotland soon after. She studied sociology at Wolverhampton University and then went on to gain a Masters degree in Research Methodology from the University of Central England, Birmingham.She now lives in Ayrshire.