The Accidental Recluse

By Tom McCulloch

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Johnny Jackson has just turned 75. He used to be famous, but his dead brother Duke was a hero. This is a novel about brothers, lovers and all that's lost in the longing to get what you want.

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Sandstone Press Ltd

Sandstone Press was established in 2002 based on the firm belief that an international publishing house could be based in the Highlands of Scotland. We publish fiction and non-fiction books and ebooks. The company is characterised by high editorial and design standards, internationalism, and a strong engagement with the contemporary world using modern methods. Sandstone Press books have won or been shortlisted for many literary prizes including the Man Booker, Commonwealth, Arthur C Clarke, Creative Scotland, Green Carnation, Saltire Society, Petrona, Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition, Boardman Tasker, Not the Booker, and Desmond Elliott Awards.

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Johnny Jackson has just turned 75. He used to be famous, but his dead brother Duke was a hero. Self-made and unmade, film director and tycoon, all people remember about Johnny is the Music Hall monkey. Exiled for years, he's heading home from his Japanese bunker, reluctantly - one last blockbuster and a civic honouring. But forget the adulation, the protests about his company and the concern of his security that he may be a target, Johnny just can't shake Duke. This is a novel about brothers, lovers and all that's lost in the longing to get what you want.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Sandstone Press Ltd
Publication Date 15 Mar 2018
ISBN 9781912240180
Number of Pages 340

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A fast-paced story with snappy dialogue and an absorbing narrative that mixes humour with pathos.

The novel has brilliant portrayals of a childhood in Scotland in the 1950s and the hedonism of 1960s London. In Johnny Jackson, McCulloch has created a multifaceted, utterly ambiguous character who leaves the reader thinking about his story long after it is over.

McCulloch resists the easy route of sentimentality and showy, crowd-pleasing catharsis. The climactic confrontation with the ghosts of his past is, when it comes, wilfully underplayed, and all the better for it.

Tragic, compelling, and undeniably humorous... Equal parts funny and heartbreaking, The Accidental Recluse is a book that will stay with you...

The Accidental Recluse is truly inspiring in its ability to create and develop its characters. Tom McCulloch is a very talented writer and his ability his showcased well in this book.

I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in the mismatch between our public persona and the person inside, and the way stories can be twisted and shaped to match our goals. A fascinating read!

McCulloch has a very particular and unique writing style. He is beautifully descriptive and lyrical in his visual descriptions of the Scottish landscape. The characters are fascinating. I really enjoyed this novel and there are many twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.

This is a literary work of art, a rare contemporary artistic gem, a beautiful rendition of love and pain delivered with a sometimes caustic, sharp, sense of humor. The Accidental Recluse is an unforgettable tale of sorrow and laughter. A beautiful tragicomedy, highly recommended!

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