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Sometimes a novel sings, but will it fly? Of Crawdads and River Songs.

Ali Bacon

If you haven’t read Where the Crawdads Sing, I think you may have heard of it. At the last count it had 53,000 ratings on a certain review site (which I assume equates to many, many more sales) or you could check it out on the ‘unaffiliated’ Goodreads. I’m not going to write a full review but I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Kya, abandoned by her parents to make a life for herself in the marshlands of North Carolina. Kya finds the key to her future when a boy neighbour teaches her to read but she still can’t escape the prejudice of the local community. It’s a great read and worthy of making the impact it has achieved.

However for me the biggest question it raised was how another book of similar character and equal power has remained largely unnoticed. It’s some time since I read…

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Family, Women in Sport, Writing

Hope springs eternal in football.

It was lovely to be asked to write a piece for the Sunday Post today. The remit was France 98 and I wrote about my memories of watching my children watch the Scotland men's team play their opening match against Brazil. I had the absolute honour to travel to France to follow Scotland's women's team… Continue reading Hope springs eternal in football.

Twins, Writing

Spreading the word one listener and reader at a time.

We writers love the opportunity to talk about our books as reaching readers isn't always easy. There are a lot of books in the world and many of these are marketed heavily by publishers with big budgets, contacts and reputations. As such, it is often harder for smaller (but equally valuable) presses to be heard,… Continue reading Spreading the word one listener and reader at a time.

Family, Twins, Women, Writing

Make mine a double, several times over.

Last weekend, there was an extract from the opening chapter of my novel Almost Then published in the Sunday Post newspaper. Two of the central characters of the novel are twins, sister and brother Rathlin and Breacán. In the article, alongside the book extract, there's an interview with me about the extent to which twins… Continue reading Make mine a double, several times over.

Family, Women, Writing

An Easter blessing for the future.

Twins have always fascinated me. For a start, I am one, born twenty minutes earlier than my twin brother in the days when a twin pregnancy could be a surprise to the expectant parents. My mum and dad didn't know the wee bundle of joy they were waiting for was in fact double trouble until… Continue reading An Easter blessing for the future.

Film, Island life, Women, Writing

The official trailer has arrived…

Introducing a video trailer for my new novel, Almost Then. https://videopress.com/v/WjrEIaDQ?preloadContent=metadata Almost Then, by Margot McCuaig Edit, Kenny ParkSoundrack, Kenny Park Hilary McCollum, author of Golddigger - ‘Age-old themes of betrayal and family violence are skilfully mined to bring new insights for the contemporary reader. A story of love and passion, hate and despair, jealousy… Continue reading The official trailer has arrived…

Family, Women, Writing

Gowk Day Launch Party

The 1st of April might be April Fools Day (traditionally known as Gowk Day in Scotland) but after all the frivolities of the pre-midday pranks why not grab a chair and a glass and join me to celebrate the publication day of Almost Then. I can't promise fools errand gowk (cuckoo) hunting in costume, but… Continue reading Gowk Day Launch Party

Women, Writing

Almost Then is now.

https://videopress.com/v/lUvTIZe3?preloadContent=metadata Almost Then arrives from the publisher! I received a very exciting delivery recently from Linen Press - copies of my new novel Almost Then. They are exquisite and I can't wait to share them with the world. Here's a wee video of the book opening ceremony. Hopefully it will make you smile in these,… Continue reading Almost Then is now.

Women, Women in Sport, Writing

The People’s Game after COVID: The future of Scottish football.

I'm really looking forward to participating on the panel for this really important discussion - 'The People's Game after COVID: The future of Scottish football. The event is free, but ticketed, and it's on the 26th of February. You can register here. Here's some more information. Simon Barrow and Gerry Hassan present the latest in… Continue reading The People’s Game after COVID: The future of Scottish football.

Island life, Women, Writing

Almost Then and beautiful art.

And here it is, the beautiful cover of Almost Then, my latest novel. Almost Then by Margot McCuaig, published April 1st, 2021 It is published by Linen Press and is available to pre-order directly from the publisher via this link. You can also sign up to the Linen newsletter on the website, which means you… Continue reading Almost Then and beautiful art.