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Trackman by Catriona Child

Set in Edinburgh, Trackman tells the uplifting story of Davie Watts, a young man haunted by the death of his little brother and the separation of his parents. The novel charts Davie’s life as a chance encounter with a homeless man leads to him taking possession of a magical MP3 player. Davie grows increasingly obsessed with the MP3 player and escapes into his fantasy where he is the Trackman: a superhero-like figure who helps others by playing them songs which carry significance to the listener. However, Davie is continuously shadowed by his past and the memories of his brother. While helping other people, will he find the time to help himself?


In her debut novel, Catriona Child has all the makings of a cult hit... She handles the tension between the fantastical premise and the raw and sensitive matter of a dead schoolboy tastefully, and the book's sense of place makes it a delight for lovers of Edinburgh. THE HERALD This tale of loss and isolation is a powerful piece of contemporary Scottish literature that expertly blends fantastical subject matter with a profound look at the destructive effects of bereavement. THE SKINNY This is a beautifully crafted book, fluid and rhythmic... Trackman is an inspiring and powerful novel that explores harsh realities with humour. THE STUDENT It's a story that will resonate with creative types across Edinburgh and indeed the world. TEN TRACKS Catriona Child has a pitch perfect ear for contemporary dialogue and a professional's eye for the detail of a city that the tourists rarely notice. Trackman will be on replay in yourhead for a long time. NORTHWORDS NOW Don't let the idea of a fantastical magic mp3 player put you off; this is an incredibly powerful piece of contemporary Scottish literature that expertly weaves the power of music through out what becomes a profound and life affirming tale. STV LOCAL Can a song change your life? Can a song bring people,places and moments in time alive again? Set in Edinburgh, this touching, funny and quirky new novel is an entertaining read for music lovers. SCOTS MAGAZINE Trackman is a book which understands the power of music, but is one which has an ability to bring comfort to those who need it... SCOTS WHAY HAE There is a common beleif that at the best and worst of times music can help. Songs that we previously never noticed can get straight to the point, or can unexpectedly creep up on you to offer comforthere is a common beleif that at the best and worst of times music can help. Songs that we previously never noticed can get straight to the point, or can unexpectedly creep up on you to offer comfort The Herald: 'all the makings of a cult hit' 'a delight for lovers of Edinburgh
Child segues in between past events in Davie

's memory and the present day to good effect and there's a real emotional connection between the reader and her protagonist. It's a promising debut. THE WEEK'

About the Author

Catriona Child

Catriona Child was born in Dundee and currently lives in Edinburgh, masquerading as an office worker by day. From 2001 to 2005 she worked as a full time sales assistant at Virgin Megastore on Princes Street. She won the Sunday Herald Blog competition in 2007 and has recently been published in both the Scottish Book Trust Family Legends anthology and Northwords Now magazine.

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9th January 2015


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Luath Press Ltd


346 pages


Literary Fiction
NewGen - YA Fiction
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