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My first review – and it’s great

The first review of In the Wake of the Coup was posted today on Amazon.co.uk (from Amazon.com) by a lovely person by the name of Eddie Nessuno who has given it five stars. – Seriously enjoyable’what if?’ modern political satire.

In an impressive debut novel, Dorothy Bruce transports the reader to Downsouth (sic, not `down south’) where the Civil Servants have just staged a coup, no longer content to remain backroom boys in a country flapping about like a beached flounder after a series of weak coalition governments (remind you of somewhere?). The Anglish (as in `Angleterre’) have ceded independence to Caledon (as in the Caledonian Society of Gastroenterology of which I was once a member). Here the politicos still run the country in a democratic fashion unlike the Powers That Be in Power City (think Big Ben). Water, publically owned, is a major boost to Caledon’s economy. McTavish from Caledon and Ludmilla from Downsouth (the romance interest) are drawn into this scenario via the Caledon Water Project… and thence into a tale of political intrigue and shenanigans, murder and disappearances. Well-written and, in view of the contemporary political climate spanning the UK (and some of the issues are relevant outwith the `sceptred isle’), thought-provoking. There are some colourful characters, and, although the story has a comfortable ending, the reader is given space to wonder what happens next. The most chilling part (even more so than the murder of an innocent young woman) is the post-script: a true revelation of something involving England and Scotland in the nineteen eighties.

You can check it out here – http://tinyurl.com/nd6s486

Author: Jingsandthings

Over the years Dorothy Bruce has enjoyed the highs and lows of political campaigning. She revelled in her involvement with the restoration of a Victorian pier on the west coast of Scotland; the running of an annual walking and arts festival; curating an exhibition on Alexander Reid, Glasgow art dealer and friend of Vincent van Gogh; the organisation of a one-off literary award commemorating writer Robin Jenkins; and the challenges of involvement with a multi-agency destination development project. She writes short stories, has savoured tastebud-tantalising and insipid food for restaurant reviews, and was fascinated by the process of having one of her plays See them rats brought to life in performances that toured the Scottish Borders in late 2012 as part of a double bill. Dorothy writes a regular blog, illustrated by her own photographs, at - http://jingsandthings.wordpress.com

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