writes in very original terms" SCOTTISH
literary survival of author John Logan"
THE NORTHERN TIMES
new chapter for thriller man" HIGHLAND
author's e-book breaks into Top 100"
THE INVERNESS COURIER
blistering, tough book, tempered with tenderness and mystery" Alan Warner, author of THE
STARS IN THE BRIGHT SKY
this novel, Logan has proved that he deserves to be at the top of
the pile! I would certainly recommend the book to anyone who loves
good literature. He's a great writer. He should be read" Cally Phillips, author ofBRAND
storytelling is effortless, the echoes are long lasting" Roz Morris, author ofMY MEMORIES
OF A FUTURE LIFE
written compelling literary fiction/tartan noir/thriller/zany
black comedy Logan dances on a literary knife edge blazing
talent" Linda Gillard, author ofA
loved this book…an amazingly talented author" Joni Rodgers, New York Times bestselling
author of BALD IN THE LAND OF BIG HAIR
emerged from exile with an astonishing novel called THE SURVIVAL
OF THOMAS FORD. Now, day by day, the good news spreads: When an
Artistic director goes slumming with a commercial thriller, the
result is Martin Scorsese's CAPE FEAR...but when a Literary writer
produces a thriller with love and respect, the result is THOMAS
FORD" Reb MacRath, author of NOBILITY
all the way" Kathleenjonesdiary.blogspot.co.uk
is writing and literature at its best. Imagine Stephen King combined
with maybe Cormac McCarthy and a bit of Edgar Allan Poe tossed in"
tale of blood and mist" Amazon.com
the first paragraph I was mesmerised" Goodreads.com
characters who have haunted me throughout the reading, even to the
point that one invaded my dreams" Goodreads.com
John A. A. Logan is the author of five novels:
THE SURVIVAL OF THOMAS FORD, STARNEGIN'S CAMP, AGENCY WOMAN,
THE MAJOR, and ROCKS IN THE HEAD
is also the author of eighty-five short stories. His fiction has
been published by PICADOR, VINTAGE, EDINBURGH REVIEW, CHAPMAN,
NORTHWORDS, NOMAD, SECRETS OFA VIEW, and SCRATCHINGS;
with reviews of his work in SCOTTISH STUDIES REVIEW, SCOTLAND
ON SUNDAY, THE SPECTATOR, and THE HINDUSTAN TIMES.
His work has been published internationally in anthologies edited
by A L Kennedy, John Fowles, Ali Smith, Toby Litt; and he has been
invited to read his work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
He wrote monthly columns and film reviews for the magazine, 57
NORTH, in Aberdeen, where he was also president of Aberdeen
University's Creative Writing Society for three years, while attaining
his MA (Hons) English degree there, which included study under the
novelist, William McIlvanney.
THE SURVIVAL OF THOMAS FORD
Ford is the only survivor of the car crash which killed his wife.
He is also the only witness who would be willing to identify the
young, reckless driver who caused the crash. But the driver has
no intention of ever letting himself be identified, not to mention
what his father's intentions are or those of his girlfriend,
Lorna, the hospital cleaner.
young driver's father is Jack McCallum, the powerful entrepreneur
who has built a housing empire, McCallum Homes, on the high hills
surrounding the city. Jack has his own dark secret to protect, as
well as his business edifice to hold onto. There is no way in the
world that Jack McCallum will ever let anything threaten the future
of McCallum Homes.
Ferguson, the passenger who was with the young driver on the day
of the crash, curses himself for ever getting into the car. He watches
carefully to see what the universe will do about it all, and he
thinks he can hear the gears and chambers of the universe's engine,
rolling terribly towards them, out of the future, and he knows he
can't cope with that, not even if he takes his medication.
the end, destiny will pull them all far out of the city, some of
them to the moonlit hillside, where white butterflies and mysterious
gas fill the air, and wild cats wrap themselves around cold trees.
Jack McCallum's trusted Polish foreman, Lanski, will recognise the
place from the folklore-wilderness of his own childhood, a place
where death can come stalking in the form of a white wolf, but perhaps
also redemption can appear, for those like Thomas Ford who seek
any case, the young driver has it in mind to take his destiny into
his own hands now, which will soon lead to the life of a second
young woman hanging in the balance, awaiting salvation or destruction,
perhaps only the Fates, or the wind that blows through the trees,
A. A. Logan's other novels, STARNEGIN'S CAMP, THE MAJOR, and ROCKS
IN THE HEAD, will soon be available to purchase from Amazon and
other retailers. AGENCY WOMAN is available now. Please scroll down.
Short Story Collection -Winner
Storm Damage by John A. A. Logan
STORM DAMAGE is a collection of ten stories.
Length: 200 pages/60000 words.
ONE - Mission Control in Edinburgh has made a strange choice of
astronaut for Scotlands first ever Independent Space Program
LATE TESTING - Michael survived the trenches of World War One France,
but can he survive the English village he returns home to?
NAPOLEONS CHILD - Has old Frank been alone for too long, or
did a young boy really appear from the desert mysteriously one night?
AT THE EDGE OF THE KNOWN WORLD - In a very bizarre circus, a Big
Top performance goes horribly wrong
THE MAGENTA TAPESTRY - Calliasta may have to sell the old house
to Russian mafiosi, but is it true that the family gardener, Ernest,
owns the grounds?
THE AIRMAN - A ghost story about a World War Two bombing raid over
Dresden which somehow ends up in modern India
THE POND - An elderly man tries to recreate a lost love but is Nature
on his side?
THE ORANGE PIG - A meeting between a pig and a wolf on a moonlit
hillside leads to a night of revelations for the pig
STORM DAMAGE - How hard can it really be to make an insurance claim?
SOMETIMES ALL THE WORLD COMES DOWN* - A young man gets his teeth
into something at a party
*SOMETIMES ALL THE WORLD COMES DOWN was originally
published by PICADOR in NEW WRITING 13 (edited by Ali Smith and
lost, wandering and damaged man finds himself drafted back into
the world he thought he had escaped, when the local branch of a
powerful, international Agency needs a mysterious job done in the
remote Highlands of Scotland.
new companion who leads him out of disaffected early retirement
is a seductive, young, novice female agent, but could there really
be far more to her than there at first seems?
They find themselves in a world of natural beauty, mountain and
beach, which they will only contaminate with extraordinary rendition,
abduction, bloodshed and torture.
modern bureaucratic world of paperwork and subcontracting will mean
that no-one actually knows which government or country is behind
the operation, but one man will soon remember why he left Agency
work like this and why he hates it so much, even though it may really
be love that has dragged him back into it all.
dark, Scottish tale of conspiracy, espionage, murder and terrorism,
with an existential edge, and the spirit of an ancient mountain
looming at its centre.
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