Sandy was born in Glasgow and still lives there, after spells in Ayrshire, Fife and Spain. He has worked in social work for most of his life, receiving an OBE in 2008 for his long commitment to young people in trouble. His book Graeme Souness: The Iron Lady’s Man was serialised in the Herald. In 2007 he relocated to Spain to write books about Spanish and Scottish football in the sun, producing Yellow Submarine, and Celtic Submari. He returned to Glasgow in 2011 to concentrate on writing Own Goal: A Game of Three Halves, the Frank Hunter trilogy. A Subtle Sadness is the first of the three.

‘A Subtle Sadness’ covers the last hundred years of social, cultural, and political Scottish history. Hailed by novelist Alex Gordon as deserving “to be read by everyone seeking to understand the Scottish character in these turbulent political times”, it is a novel that captures the magic and sadness of the past century; the shifting currents of loyalty, the pipe dreams and the realisations, the parties and post-match euphoria, the Gorbals Monster Hunt and the visions of a wee country trying to believe in itself. This is an exploration of the social and political history of modern Scotland, but it is also a story for every person who knows what it feels like to furiously love and despair of their homeland in one single, painful breath.

Football and politics are Sandy’s two great loves. He has coped, just, with being a Clyde supporter all his life.

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