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The Letters of Ivor Punch by Colin MacIntyre
  

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ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING meets Ross Raisin via HAMISH MACBETH: an exuberant debut by Colin MacIntyre, an acclaimed Scottish musician and 'a real storyteller' (according to Simon Mayo).

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Synopsis

The Letters of Ivor Punch by Colin MacIntyre

Imagine an island, a place separated from the mainland by choppy seas. A place of myths and faith, where a Headless Horseman is said to stalk the woods but where the kirk is always full. Imagine a community which held its own against Darwin but which can't hold on to its own. Prepare to meet a pioneering female travel writer, two fatherless boys, and a man who, quite simply, fell from the sky. And, at the centre of it all, the figure who links the past to the present - the irrepressible, unforgettable former Sergeant Punch. Ivor Punch will not be taking his secrets to the grave. He's going to share them: with a departed relative, with President Obama and, especially, with you. Hilarious and heartfelt, rowdy and true, THE LETTERS OF IVOR PUNCH is a novel about fathers and sons, secrets and lies and how, sometimes, you have to leave home to know what home is.

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The poetic prose he uses for sea and the changing island life... is unforgettable * YORKSHIRE GAZETTE & HERALD * This is a novel packed with funny characters. * iWEEKEND * I raced through this clever, poignant, beautiful book in one sitting. It's peopled by a cast of brilliantly off-the-wall characters, and full of keen-eyed observations about life on a remote Scottish island - and, by extension, everywhere. A must-read. -- Laura Barnett, author of THE VERSIONS OF US The Punch family history is both fascinating and sad. The book is interesting, funny, has a famous cameo and keeps you reading, and it's only when you reach the end of the final chapter that the Punch family history falls into place... The characters are original, well-written, and it's one of those books you want to re-read after you've finished it -- Judith Griffin * New Books * We meet a pioneering female writer, two fatherless boys, a man who fell from the sky and, of course, the prolific letter writer Ivor Punch * THE BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH * He writes with a clarity of style * THE SCOTSMAN * As a songwriter, Colin MacIntyre seems always to have been a natural storyteller. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before he turned his abilities to the longer form of the novel. It is fitting that the man best known as Mull Historical Society has crafted a story to which he has put his own name, yet it is a novel which owes so much to his roots on the island of Mull. Such powerful storytelling resonated strongly with readers at the Book Festival, making Colin a runaway winner in voting for the First Book Award -- Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival MacIntyre is a storyteller with a unique imagination and has created a genuinely heartfelt novel with some standout elements of dark comedy * THE LIST * Witty, shocking, curious and wry, it is a multi-faceted novel that delights at every turn... A thing of genius and wonder. * WE LOVE THIS BOOK * Beguiling tales built on secrets and sadness, each of them with a keen sense of place * INDEPENDENT * A truly original and enthralling novel. Ivor Punch is a magnificent creation and his story is mischievous, sad, funny and truthful -- Stephen Kelman, BOOKER-SHORTLISTED author of PIGEON ENGLISH


About the Author

Colin MacIntyre is an award-winning musician who has written and produced six albums to date, having achieved two Top 20 albums under the name Mull Historical Society. He has been voted Scotland's Top Creative Talent and has toured worldwide, including with The Strokes, Elbow and REM, and has played all the major festivals. He has performed live on Radio 4, 6Music, Radio 1, Radio 2, LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND and THE JONATHAN ROSS SHOW, among many others. He is the co-author of a Radio 4 Afternoon Play, and has collaborated with Tony Benn and Irvine Welsh. His newest musical project is INK, an enigmatic electro-pop collaboration, of which the GUARDIAN has said, 'Perfect without being too box-ticking. INK is going to be massive.' Born into a family of writers and storytellers, Colin grew up on the isle of Mull in the Hebrides but now lives in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

14th May 2015

Author

Colin MacIntyre

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780297609254

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