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#Review ~ Mary’s The Name By Ross Sayers @Sayers33 ~ Cranachan Books

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About The Book

An eight-year-old girl and her Granpa are on the run… “When me and Granpa watched James Bond films, he told me not to be scared because people didn’t have guns like that in Scotland. That must’ve been why the robbers used hammers.” Orphaned Mary lives with her Granpa, but after he is mixed up in a robbery at the bookies where he works, they flee to the Isle of Skye. Gradually, Mary realises that her Granpa is involved. And the robbers are coming after him–and their money. Mary’s quirky outlook on life, loss, and her love of all things Elvis will capture your heart. Full of witty Scot’s banter, Mary’s the Name will have you reaching for the hankies, first with laughter, then with tears. Heart-warming and heart-breaking, this darkly comic debut is from a fresh voice set to become Scotland’s answer to Roddy Doyle

My Review

I had heard such great things about the book. The buzz on Social Media and all the chit chat at book events. So I was looking forward to it.  The whole book is from wee Mary’s perspective and as she’s only eight it’s interesting to see her world through young eyes. As her parents died in a car crash, it’s up to Granpa to look after and care for Mary. However, this is a huge responsibility and Granpa falls short at times. Making me very cross I have to add. Shouting at Granpa in my head to take more time to watch the bairn instead of being in the bloody pub.  The book will have you laughing out loud with its humour but it’s not all jolly. There is a thread throughout of a criminal behaviour and the fear of the ugly misfit brutes that may or may not find Mary & Granpa.  The people that Mary meets colour her life’s path in all different ways. The much-needed friendships that she craves are tested. It’s a very valid point that whether you are  8 or 80 we all want is to be accepted for who we are and loved unconditionally.

Being Scottish myself, I love how Ross Sayers kept the books tone true to the dialect. It was a refreshing read. I loved the details about the Isle Of Skye and I would love to visit Portee and go on a boat tour, walk up to the lump and of course see Mary’s Pink House.  I know Mary will be one of the book characters that haunts my head in a lovely way. With her beautiful innocence and quick wit.

The core of the story is honesty and trust. I encourage you to read the book. It’s a roller coaster of emotions.

About The Author ~ Ross Sayers  

Source ~ Cranachan Website

Ross studied English in his hometown of Stirling. Not content with the one graduation, he completed a Masters in Creative Writing the following year. His stories and poems have featured in magazines such as Octavius and Quotidian. Ross also tried his hand at acting in the university’s Drama Society, which gave him valuable life experience at being an extra with no lines.

One of his short stories, Dancin’, was used on West College Scotland’s Higher English course. He only found out after a student tweeted him requesting a copy of the story so she could finish her essay.

Ross mainly reads contemporary and literary fiction, and loves it when a writer remembers to include an interesting plot. He heartily endorses not finishing books which bore you.

While researching Mary’s the Name in Portree, gift shop employees excitedly mistook him for Daniel Radcliffe; Ross had to burst their bubble. But at a football match in London, he agreed to have his photo taken with a wee boy, who believed he was Harry Potter, to save any tears or tantrums.

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Twitter @sayers33    Author Page ~http://rosssayers.co.uk/

You can purchase your copy of the book on Amazon here – http://amzn.to/2kgleN6  

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