My Novels

Almost Then

I’m delighted that my second novel, Almost Then, will be published by Linen Press. It 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 won’t miss any exciting news! 

Publication day is April 1st. A perfect date and a perfect cover. Here’s a wee bit more about the novel from Linen’s newsletter: 

A compelling story of roots, belonging and kinship set against the powerful backdrop of two houses and the landscape in Kintyre. When twins Rathlin and Breacán Doherty approach their twenty-seventh birthday, they come together after an absence to fight for their beloved Ballynoe, a house rich in folklore and holding the ghosts of their parents. The revelation of their own secrets and the uncovering of family lies have far-reaching and tragic consequences.

Set in Scotland and Ireland, this is a story embedded in the landscape, of a love and legacy destroyed by family inheritance and the enduring grief of parental loss.

The wonderful illustration is by the incredible Glasgow-based artist, Penny Sharp. You can see more of her work here.

The Birds That Never Flew

My debut novel, The Birds That Never Flew, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and Longlisted for the Polari Book Prize.

You can buy it here!

‘The clock had called time and his was well and truly up. The bastard was about to die. Not even the Virgin Mary, whether she was here or she wasn’t was going to get in the way of that.’ Battered and bruised, Elizabeth has taken her daughter and left her abusive husband Patrick. Again. In the bleak and impersonal Glasgow housing office Elizabeth meets the provocatively intriguing drug addict Sadie, who is desperate to get her own life back on track.

The two women forge a fierce and interdependent relationship as they try to rebuild their shattered lives, but despite their bold, and sometimes illegal attempts it seems impossible to escape from the abuse they have always known, and tragedy strikes.

More than a decade later Elizabeth has started to implement her perfect revenge – until a surreal Glaswegian Virgin Mary steps in with imperfect timing and a less than divine attitude to stick a spoke in the wheel of retribution. Tragic, darkly funny and irreverent, The Birds That Never Flew ushers in a new and vibrant voice in Scottish literature.

Margot McCuaig’s books on Goodreads
The Birds That Never Flew