REVIEWS

Dundee University Review of the Arts
‘captivating, poignant and vivid’
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Nudge Book
‘The story unrolls, dropping small detail after detail’
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Lothian Life
‘vivid and empathetic’
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Glasgow Herald
‘sharply observed…a terrific read’
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Poppy Peacock Pens
‘Funny, frank and faithful’
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On the Literary Sofa with Isabel Costello
I empathised with her (Alice) so much it was painful; and funny and moving and actually quite steamy in that polytunnel.’
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Portobello Book Blog
Quirky, insightful & thought-provoking…a moving, well-crafted, engaging debut’
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Novelicious
‘I giggled and welled up at different times during the book, so prepare yourself for the roller-coaster journey’
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Sunday Mirror:
'Catherine Simpson's debut novel is moving but never mawkish, and ultimately hopeful,providing a sympathetic portrait of a family struggling with autism in straitened times. Sam's on-line interactions with a motley group of friends are laugh-out-loud funny, providing some memorable insights.'

James Robertson:
'Vivid perceptive and acute.'

Val Hennessy:
'Readers are in for big treats with Simpson's terrific novel - it's funny, poignant, perceptive and flags up a wonderfully witty warning to parents who leave - unsupervised - their laptop-loving offspring. Set on a remote, ramshackle Lancashire farm, Alice and Duncan live with their seriously special needs son. This demanding, Geekish, 12-year old, Sam, may be a nightmare to have around but he's brighter than a laser-beam searchlight. Alice is at the end of her tether, slobbish Duncan's farming schemes are a disaster, the money is running out and Sam stays mostly in his bedroom chatting about life's big questions on-line. When Duncan brings home a hippie man-of-the-road type to help set up a polytunnel cannabis farm Alice is furious.She cold-shoulders the hippie until his gentle kindness towards Sam gradually wins her approval... As soon as she starts shaving her legs and swapping her dungarees for a short skirt well...you can guess which way the wind is blowing. Apart from a somewhat unnecessarily grisly Gothic episode towards the end, the plot races exhilaratingly along with never a dull moment.Highlights of the book are Sam's chat-room conversations which had me laughing out loud. Highly recommended.'