A Very Scotch Affair

Robin Jenkins

Robin Jenkin's novel, 'A Very Scotch Affair', is set in Glasgow and tells the tale of Mungo Niven, a man who possesses a fiercely Scotch conscience and who feels trapped in a drab and unfulfilling existence.
Date Published :
September 2005
Publisher :
Birlinn
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781904598442
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 7.8 X 5.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$13.95

Overview
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Mungo's wife is the extroverted and excessively cheerful Bess, too busy cracking jokes or playing whist to give her husband's misery any sympathy and dismissing his vague intellectual, imaginative and amorous ambitions as pointless dreams. Mungo finds himself bound to her not so much by love and loyalty as by the many trivial commonplaces of married life. When Bess is stricken by cancer, Mungo sees an opportunity for him to escape both his loveless marriage and his tyrannical conscience. As Mungo seizes this chance, his actions have far-reaching effects which he had never imagined; his eldest son follows his father's example into betrayal and abandons his pregnant girlfriend; his eighteen-year-old daughter becomes emotionally numb to the situation; his younger son, just twelve-years-old, develops an intense hatred towards his father and turns his back on the family, moving away to live with relatives. Mungo is left looking at the pieces of his broken family. The readers are pulled into a story which has well drawn characters, a strong sense of place and real people involved in real situations. The complex themes of betrayal and conscience are explored by Jenkins with precision and with a delightfully wicked sense of humour.

About The Author
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Robin Jenkins was born in 1912, one of four children, in the village of Flemington, near Cambuslang. He studied English at the University of Glasgow. He then travelled and worked in Spain, Afghanistan and Borneo. He is the author of over twenty novels, including the acclaimed Fergus Lamont and The Cone Gatherers. In 2002 he received the Saltire Society's Award for Lifetime Achievement. He died in 2005.

REVIEWS
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He is quite simply a major contemporary Scottish writer

- The Herald

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