MacCloud Falls by Alan Jamieson*
The following article by Harry McGrath is in this week's Scottish Review of Books.
The novel is set "in British Columbia [where] he focusses** on the province’s Scottish connections, First Nations’ land rights, illness and Burns."
The main character is "an antiquarian bookseller from Edinburgh who has taken a Greyhound bus to a small town in interior British Columbia ...." He meets a girl when his ﬂight from Scotland stops over in Calgary. The above full length article traces how he uses historical people and places to create his narrative.
Fascinating! I recognized so much of it!
The Edinburgh Book Festival is on all month so no doubt the 'Bookshop' tent will have a copy. It's a good job I did not articulate my complaint of that Book Festival!... namely that it is a huge marketing exercise where one can never get a ticket to hear a speaker/meet a writer in the small-audience tents. Now here I am wanting to get the (very convenient Milngavie to Edinburgh) train simply to make a purchase in their huge-bookstore tent!
It reminds me of Banksy's 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' (which relates to art galleries). How about 'Enter Through the Book Shop'? Yes, as I recall, it is, indeed, located at the one-entry-point-only entrance of Charlotte Square where the Book Festival is annually held.
*Publisher: Luath Press Ltd ISBN: 9781912147076. 320 pages.
** I would use 'focuses' but never mind!