Two Closes and a Referendum is an engaging tale of ordinary people in an extraordinary time. This novel brilliantly captures the growing excitement and fervour of the 2014 Independence Referendum that changed Scotland for ever, as ordinary citizens explored their identity and wrestled with the hopes and fears that surrounded the choice they were asked to make.
The novel has already earned serious praise from eminent Scots critics.
In the words of Billy Kay the well-respected author of Scots: The Mither Tongue
“Mary McCabe’s previous work Stirring the Dust was a linguistic tour de force which celebrated the rich diversity of the Scots language from Banffshire to the Banks of Clyde. Here with Two Closes and a Referendum, once again she demonstrates an acute ear for dialogue, and a lug tuned perfectly to the speech of Glasgow in the 21st century wi gleg observations on a wheen Glesga fowk.
This novel is a poignant recollection of a dramatic year in her city’s history – one which united and divided its people – the year of the Scottish Referendum of 2014. There are love affairs lost and found, tensions between people and dilemmas within people played out against the compelling narrative of a populace desperately wanting hope to triumph over fear.
The author has a lifetime of political activism to draw from and conveys this in a series of linked cameos and vignettes of people who embody those hopes, fears, loves and hates in a city confronting momentous change. We ken whit side the author wis on, but that disnae stop her embracing the great humanity of the multitude of kenspeckle characters inhabiting her city.”
Linda Fabiani former Minster of Culture in the Scottish Government stated
“I enjoy Mary McCabe’s writing – so glad that the follow up to ‘Stirring the Dust’ covers such an important Scottish experience. Mary’s characters talk the way me and my friends do, invoking memories and emotions. Our independence referendum brought passion, joy and heartache: Mary McCabe tells that story.”
Elspeth King Director, Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum commented
“Mary McCabe’s Two Closes and a Referendum summons up the magic and pace of the political contest in 2014. If you enjoyed the fight, or even if you missed it, this is the book for you.”
Mary McCabe is already the author of two published books. Everwinding Times, a novel about people, is still as relevant and insightful today as when it was first published. Stirring the Dust, a family biography, received much critical praise when first published in 2012, including from James Robertson, Janet Paisley and Margaret Elphinstone. It is no coincidence that both Billy Kay and Linda Fabiani (see above) both referred to their excitement that the author of Stirring the Dust has produced another book.
Both Everwinding Times and Stirring the Dust are now available from Ringwood Publishing
Two Closes and a Referendum was published at the end of September 2017.
Title: Two Closes and a Referendum
Author: Mary McCabe
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