By Norman MacLean

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A hilarious journey into the alcohol blurred depths of the Scottish professional acting and directing community. A tale of insane scheming, fraught relationships, and Presbyterian heretics

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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A comedian, singer, composer, musician, linguist, actor, author and a favourite of Sean Connery and Billy Connolly's, Norman MacLean is a living legend in the Gaelic world. Tricksters takes the reader on a rambunctious journey around Scotland with endearing but oddly-matched couple, Murdo and Rachel. Murdo is a semi-pro thespian struggling with an alcohol problem; Rachel is constantly on the brink of ending their relationship. And there's the truly appalling television director, Sam, whose Machiavellian schemes are aided by a heavy-drinking Presbyterian heretic from Lewis. When all converge in the Tartan Pagoda Hotel, Uist, what could possibly go right? A hilarious page-turner, Tricksters blends the high style of John Lanchester and the low-life snappy dialogue of George V. Higgins - and it's beautifully translated for the Teuchters by the author.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 20 Jun 2011
SKU 9781780270074-grouped
Number of Pages 96

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'Norman MacLean's best novel yet' - Ronald Black, The Scotsman 'Norman is a 24-carat comedy jewel that just keeps sparkling' - Bruce Morton, BBC Radio Scotland 'Norman MacLean is the Billy Connolly of the Gaidhealtachd' - Calum MacDonald, Runrig

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