What a drag!

It became more serious with my compact Olympus camera, my fascination for taking photographs. Of course, throughout my adult life I’d owned cameras, from the Kodak Instamatic bought for a holiday in what was then Yugoslavia, clicking shots through the plane window as we flew over the Julian Alps which seemed within touching distance below us.

Read the rest of my latest blog post on creating my iBook version of In the Wake of the Coup at jingsandthings.wordpress.com

Argyll novelists to review each other’s independence related books

ForArgyll have provided the opportunity for me, author of In the Wake of the Coup, and until recently a resident of Argyll, and Alastair Strang, a current resident who has written The State of Independence, to review each others books.

Catch up on the story here and don’t forget to look out for the reviews appearing sometime between Christmas and New Year. Exciting times!

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