And This Is True
By Emily Mackie
A striking first novel by a young writer - the tale of a highly unusual rites of passage which confronts one of the strongest taboos.
Once upon a time there was a boy
whose home was a van and whose world was his father.
Be warned: this is not a fairytale.
Although it does contain love,
and most important of all, a kiss.
But you have to be ready for an unpredictable journey
through a realm where nothing is black or white.
That, of course, is why you should take the first step.
A startling new voice shows us a painful truth:
You can't help who you fall in love with.
Emily Mackie was born in Winchester in 1983 and grew up in Scotland. After graduating with an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in 2007, her first novel, And This is True, was published in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize as well as the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award. Her second novel, In Search of Solace, was published by Sceptre in 2014.
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18 Mar 2010
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A strange, intense story of love and betrayal, beautifully imagined and written; Nevis's voice will haunt you — Kate Saunders, The Times
Irresistibly quirky... expertly mined with narrative explosions...in Nevis Gow, Emily Mackie has created one of current fiction's freshest funniest oddballs — Justine Jordan, Guardian
Superbly unsettling...a gripping, moving tale of a little boy lost. — Mary Fitzgerald, Observer
'Emily Mackie's wonderful novel is a rare thing, delicate and dangerous at the same time. The plot is raw and shocking, the slow reveal is strikingly accomplished, the detail of the writing is fine and funny and precise' — Tessa Hadley
I have never read anything quite like AND THIS IS TRUE. As disturbing as it is compelling, it is a wonderfully taut tale of confinement and escape, of difficult loves and conflicting emotions peopled by characters you won't meet anywhere else. — Gerard Woodward