A madcap Highland adventure from the Booker-longlisted author of And The Land Lay Still and The Testament of Gideon Mack Douglas Findhorn Elder is in a sorry state.
He's just turned fifty, split up from his girlfriend and been pushed out of his job in an ailing national newspaper.
On the night of his birthday, he makes an unexpected new friend: a talking toad.
So begins a wild goose chase that will lead Douglas out of his cosy house in Edinburgh and across the country - all the way to crumbling Glentaragar House in the distant West Highlands.
Awaiting him along the journey are a semi-criminal hearse driver, a hundred-year-old political firebrand grandmother, a split-personality alcoholic/teetotaller, an elaborate whisky-smuggling conspiracy, a mysterious woman with a rather enchanting Greek nose, and maybe even a shot at redemption...In this gloriously surreal romp, James Robertson proves once and for all that the important things in life - friendship, romance, a very fine malt whisky - come when you least expect them.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/08/2016
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780241146842