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No Wonder I Take a Drink


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Trisha, a lonely unsentimental boozer, unexpectedly inherits a home in the Highlands. She wastes no time leaving Glasgow – and her estranged husband, her insolent teenage son and her boring job. Having pictured a rural idyll, she finds rain, sheep, and kamikaze midges. And more rain. Her only companion is a smelly, brain-damaged dog, but a night of whisky-fuelled high jinks with a frozen salmon leads to a dramatic discovery that will change her future forever, and maybe even her past.

Prizes and awards

Voted one of the top 20 Scottish books of all time by readers of The List

REVIEWS OF No Wonder I Take a Drink

"The pacing has an engaging confidence, a comic brio which, as readers soon see, comes from completely inhabiting her narrator's character... Her jokes are seldom laboured, almost always rooted in character or language... She's a natural comedy writer" - The Scotsman

'Laura Marney is one of Scotland's best-kept literary secrets.' - Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room

'A gently humorous take on an incomer's life in the West Highlands.' - Guardian

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  • Rights: World English
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  • BISAC code(s): FIC000000

No Wonder I Take a Drink

About the author

Laura Marney

The author of five novels and numerous short stories and plays, Laura Marney is a Creative Writing Tutor at Glasgow University. Her first novel, No Wonder I Take a Drink, was voted by the public in The List magazine poll as one of the Top 20 Scottish books of all time.