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Published October 10th by Fledgling Press

‘…humane, valuable, and, in an important sense, deeply sane.’
Andrew Grieg

With an MBE for services to mental health, Graham Morgan helped createthe Scottish Mental Health (2003) Care and Treatment Act. This is the act under which he is now detained.

Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Graham’s story addresses key issues around mental illness from a perspective that is not heard frequently. Painful and evocative, he does not gloss over or glamorize mental illness: he tries to show the devastating impact mental illness can have on both those with the illness and those that are close to them.

However, his story is a positive one, rooted in the natural world that Graham values greatly. He shows that even with considerable barriers, people can work and lead responsible and independent lives; albeit with support from friends and mental health professionals.

‘If I could summon an ounce of integrity I would rid the world of something like me, and yet I don’t. I relish the company of my friends, the luxury of my bed, the commitment of my work. I relish it so much that I ignore, as best I can, what I really am.’

About the Author

Graham Morgan was born in York in 1963. He attended university in Sheffield, where he was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital. After failing his final exams,he helped set up ‘McMurphy’s,’ a drop-in centre run by young people with mental health problems. Shortly after his son was born, he was sectioned and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Between 1992 and 2015 he created numerous mental health advocacy groups, mainly in Lothian and the Highlands; he also participated in the work of the Millan Committee and the McManus Review leading to the 2003 and 2017 Scottish Mental Health Acts. He was awarded an MBE for services to mental health, was made joint service user contributor of the year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2012, and has spoken about mental illness to the United Nations.

He now lives in Argyll with his new family and works for the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland. He has been under a compulsory community treatment order for the last 9 years but enjoys a vibrant life centred around his partner and her children, the natural world, and seaglass hunting.

Praise for Start

“Graham Morgan’s Start is a remarkable and engrossing read. It buttonholed me and held my attention with its fervour, modesty, wit, self-questioning, its generosity amid corrosive fear, loss and pain. As a story through depression and psychosis and family dramas, I found it absorbing and funny, terrifying and celebratory. It is lyrical about love and being in the world, while being truly frightening. It’s fresh and direct, unguarded and brave. It made me wince and chuckle.

Yes, it’s a story about living with mental illness, but what I get from it is a sense of connection, that this is an extreme end of a spectrum we all to some extent live on, and as such it is profoundly moving and insightful. It is humane, valuable, and in an important sense deeply sane.”
Andrew Greig, author of Electric Brae, That Summer, Fair Helen and others.

“This is a moving, tender-hearted memoir that leads us, gently, into the shocking world of the mental health system. Graham Morgan is a consummate story teller, who shows us what it means to be brave, humane, funny and, above all, loving.”
Mandy Haggith, author of The Walrus Mutterer, Bear Witness and others.

“START took me by surprise. It is so gently and easily written – like listening to a conversation – but the simple words are infused with feelings that gradually reveal themselves – like the narrative itself – and they crept up on me – took me unawares. So I found myself unexpectedly moved to tears by simple descriptions of the people in Graham’s life who love him –even though in fact he says very little about them.
This story is about as many different things as there are people who will read it. I have not lived with the nightmare of having a diagnosis of schizophrenia and so cannot possibly identify with that experience. But I identified with so much else that is in Graham’s story: love, friendship, kindness, hugs and human contact. But what makes this such a powerful and complex story for me, is that Graham’s struggle to understand his own identity and place in his world, is confined within this diagnosis that questions and challenges everything we think we know about truth and reality.
A wonderful story. Simply written, powerful in its emotional impact, exploring all the important things that connect us together, make us feel loved and secure, and help us to understand our place in the world.
Frances Simpson, CEO Support in Mind Scotland.

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For a copy or to talk to Graham Morgan or for an interview, please contact​ Clare Cain:

Fledgling Press
Tel: 0131 657 281
Email: clare@fledglingpress.co.uk
www.fledglingpress.co.uk

Wants of the Silent

Wants of the Silent

Wants of the Silent by Moira McPartlin

Published July 31st by Fledgling Press

The Handmaid’s Tale crossed with Kidnapped

Written for young adults and set in a dystopian world of the late 21st century, Wants of the Silent is the second electrifying volume of the Sun Song trilogy.

‘We’re all responsible. The signs were there; the mounting hatred of the immigrants, the growing wealth gap, the total disregard for people’s human rights, the media. Why didn’t ah believe they would go so far as to imprison the academics, the writers? Had it not happened before, many times? The purge and DNA classification, the separation of Privilege and native classes.’ recalls Scud, disenfranchised historian.

The Sun Song trilogy takes place in a post-apocalyptic Britain, in the aftermath of a finally broken society. Out of the disarray comes The State, the Privileged, The Land Reclaimists, the Noiri, the Purists, many disparate groups and of course the natives!

In Wants of the Silent the main protagonists, Ishbel and Sorlie deal with kidnapping, murder, intrigue and unrest. They must decide who to trust in the strange settlement of Steadie, while trying to stay alive and to bring freedom to the eclectic mix of survivors, whose existence is fraught with danger.

About the Author
Moira McPartlin’s debut novel was a critical success and shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award. The Incomers, tells the tale of a West African woman moving to a small town in 1960s Scotland, Moira is a prolific writer of short stories and poetry and has been published in many literary magazines. Ways of the Doomed, the first book in the Sun Song Trilogy was published in 2015.

Reviews for Moira McPartlin’s Previous Work

“TIf you liked Divergent and that one about hunger, you’re going to love Ways of The Doomed. Moira McPartlin’s prose is rich but unpretentious, her storytelling, thumping. An exciting new voice in YA fiction.”
Helen Fitzgerald, bestselling novelist and screenwriter

“Chilling, intelligent, and thought-provoking, this richly imagined vision of the future gripped me from the outset. Beautifully written with fully realised characters, vivid settings, and a clever and playful use of language, Ways of the Doomed makes for a thrilling read. I loved it! My only complaint? I can’t wait for book 2”
Christina Banach, author of Miny

For a copy or to talk to Moira McPartlin or for further information, please contact​ Linda MacFadyen:

Linda MacFadyen
Publicity
Fledgling Press
Tel: 0191 280 1080
Mb: 07768 390172
Email: FledglingPR@virginmedia.com
www.fledglingpress.co.uk
@LindaMacFadyen

For My Sins Press Release

Move over Hilary Mantel and Philippa Gregory!

For My Sins

Published March 20 by Fledgling Press

Critically acclaimed and prize winning YA author, Alex Nye wrote the first draft of For My Sins after leaving university in the late 80s. She spent two years pacing the cobbles of Edinburgh, visiting significant historical sites and re-imagining the life of Mary Queen of Scots.

Meticulously researched and factually accurate, Alex brings the tragic Queen to life, in this evocative, historical novel that lay forgotten in a drawer for many years.

Imprisoned for nearly 20 years in various castles around Britain, Mary Stuart contemplates her past and the struggles of being a woman in a man’s world. Awaiting execution in Fotheringhay Castle, Mary chronicles her life; the intrigue, conspiracy, religious division and conspiracies that brought her to this gruesome end.

Beautifully written, For My Sins is a great way of discovering the past without having to plough through the dryness of historical texts and will be enjoyed by both adults and YA readers.

About the Author
Alex Nye is an award-winning children’s author living in Scotland since 1995 where she finds much of her inspiration in Scottish history. At the age of 16 she won the W H Smith Young Writers’ Award out of 33,000 entrants, and has been writing ever since. Her first children’s novel, CHILL, won the Scottish Children’s Book of the Year Award. She also teaches and delivers workshops on creative writing/ghost stories/Scottish history. For My Sins is Alex’s first historical novel for adults.

Reviews for Alex Nye’s Previous Work

“This is a skilled time-slip tale of time, life and consciousness swirled up into a heady brew of mystery and danger.”
Historical Novel Society

“If you are feeling nervous, and would like to read a book to calm you down, I suggest you don’t choose Alex Nye’s new novel Darker Ends.”
The Bookwitch

“Alex Nye’s involving CHILL is set near Stirling, in a snowbound house with a ghost in the library. It’s a tense confection of mystery, historical intrigue and adventure for eight to 12-year-olds. Young heroes Samuel and Fiona find they cannot ignore a call from the past to put things right.”
Lindsey Fraser, Sunday Herald

“Nye’s prose undulates like the brooding sea she writes about, and you can almost hear the echoes of the island people and the local legends she brings to life in her unfolding mystery story. She easily weaves the narrative with lessons for those at the very start of their life, exploring meaty themes of belonging, change, friendship, meaning, love and loss.”
Heidi Kingstone, journalist and author of Dispatches from a Kabul Café

For a copy or to speak to Alex or for further information, please contact​ Linda MacFadyen:

Linda MacFadyen
Publicity
Fledgling Press
Tel: 0191 280 1080
Mb: 07768 390172
Email: FledglingPR@virginmedia.com
www.fledglingpress.co.uk
@LindaMacFadyen

Press Release: Tokyo Nights

A NEW THRILLER PUBLISHED 21 NOVEMBER 2016

Tokyo Nights

by Jim Douglas

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Charlie Davis, a modern-day heretic, ditches his past and rushes into a picaresque journey through the glistening nights of Tokyo and the desolate wilds of northern Hokkaido. But the past is not so ready to ditch him; wistful private investigator Colin McCann, hired to look into the death of a wealthy businessman’s daughter, has a few hard questions for Charlie and won’t give up until he’s got answers. And he’s not the only one on Charlie’s trail.

Enter a world of empty orchestras, night butterflies, polite assassins, decadent TV celebrities and a pit-bull called Marvin. Tokyo Nights is a quest and an investigation into what we have become, a dark parable, a wake-up call to the dead 21st century obsessed with compromise, safety and longevity, and a novel that celebrates the excitement and energy of a culture like no other. Jim Douglas is the pen name of two writers – Jim Hickey and Douglas Forrester. Douglas died in September 2016 shortly before the publication of this, his first novel.

Jim Hickey was raised around Dublin and bruised and blessed into a reluctant maturity by boxing trainers and Christian brothers. Back in England, he attempted gentler pursuits such as studying the visual arts, writing poetry in a cottage that bordered the Humber river. He took a job as a manager of a nature reserve in Easington, a hamlet of a river that blends into a sea with little fuss and looked after little terns. The terns flew away and the velvet revolution opened-up a teaching opportunity in the former Czechoslovakia. He taught girls in a music academy how to pronounce Beatles’ songs. He then tried his hand at normality and growing properly up by working as a civil servant in Burnley. Before long he was in Australia, deep in the bush and living with an Aboriginal tribe called the Noongars, officially employed as their teacher. Things came to a halt when he docked in Tokyo. Something ran out and another thing came in. Tokyo Nights is a novel spun from his eventual captivity, minor enlightenment and spots of contentment in Japan. It is a blessing and a sneer. He lives near enough and far enough from the metropolis and remains at pen on the second instalment of this book.

Douglas Forrester was born and raised in Glasgow. He studied law in both Scotland and Amsterdam and spent the mid-summer months working as a grouse beater in the Highlands. After completing university, he​ worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland as a financial advisor before setting off for an expected short-lived sojourn in Japan. He never returned to the bank, nor to law and began to forge out a career of kinds at the now defunct NOVA, where he was Jim’s boss, and then at an international school and several universities. During this time he became a fluent Japanese speaker. He was also an accomplished Shodo-Jaoanese calligraphy-practitioner and showed his work in a number of exhibitions as the only foreigner with work on display. He always had a keen interest in books and shared a passion for the work of Gavin Maxwell and R.L. Stevenson with his co-author. Their collaboration led to Tokyo Nights and is a cornucopia of their often very different experiences and impressions of Japan’s capital city. Doug returned to Glasgow early in 2016 for medical treatment and to be with his family.

Linda MacFadyen
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Fledgling Press
Tel: 0191 280 1080
Mb: 07768 390172
Email: FledglingPR@virginmedia.com
www.fledglingpress.co.uk
@LindaMacFadyen

Press Release: The London Cage

The London Cage by Mark Leggatt

The London Cage

Mark Leggatt

Published by Fledgling Press 22 June, 2016

Combining the intelligent intrigue of le Carré with the action of Bond and the drive of Bourne, THE LONDON CAGE weaves a fascinating tale of deceit International conspiracy and Cold War Legacy.

Mark Leggatt has based his pacy thriller on the current Cold War between the US, Russia and China, who are all trying to gain supremacy over Near Space. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3495301/China-Russia-planning-military-satellites-missiles-spacecraft-lasers-Air-Force-general-warns.html (March 2016)

THE LONDON CAGE features the second outing for ex-CIA IT technician, Connor Montrose, who first appeared in Names of the Dead. Still running for his life from his previous employers Connor joins forces with Kirsty, who outdoes even Lisbeth Salander in terms of intelligence, courage and ingenuity, but with a wicked sense of humour!

Together they struggle to solve the conundrum of a long buried puzzle. Should the answer fall into the wrong hands then that country or organisation could bring down the rest of the world’s communications and defence systems. The action-packed race against this happening careers apace round London and nearly goes badly wrong in THE LONDON CAGE.

Author Biography
Mark Leggatt was born in Lochee, Dundee and lives in Edinburgh. A former specialist in Disaster Recovery for oil companies and global banks, his career has taken him around Europe, especially Paris, where he lived for a number of years. History and modern global conspiracy lie at the heart of his work, and are the backdrop for the adventures of CIA technician Connor Montrose.

Review for The London Cage

“Ticks along with the precision of a fine Swiss watch. A worthy follow-up to Names Of The Dead with all the slick dialogue, action and intrigue we’ve come to expect from Leggatt. A cracking read.”
Neil Broadfoot, author of The Storm and Falling Fast

Reviews for Names of the Dead

An action-packed story with good locations . . . and lots of plot twists.
Alex Gray, author of The Bird That Did Not Sing, latest in the Detective Lorimer series.

Mark Leggatt is an exciting new voice, and in Names Of The Dead he delivers an intense, page-turning, fast-paced thriller that is blistering with action and frighteningly real. The story is told with slick, snappy dialog against a backdrop of international landscapes, and in CIA technician Connor Montrose, we have a tough, crusading hero to root for, in an entertaining blend of Bourne, Bond and Indiana Jones.
Ava McCarthy, author of The Harry Martinez series.


For further information, a copy of the book, or to speak to Mark Leggatt please contact:

Linda MacFadyen
Publicity
Fledgling Press
Tel: 0191 280 1080, Mb: 07768 390172
Email: FledglingPR@virginmedia.com
@LindaMacFadyen

Press Release – The Calling by Philip Caveney

The Calling by Philip Caveney Published 31 March by Fledgling Press

A CASE FOR SHERLOCK HOLMES – IN A GUISE THAT YOU HAVE NEVER BEFORE ENCOUNTERED!!

THE CALLING is a combination of an intriguing crime novel for Young Adults, with a new case for Sherlock Holmes and a reawakening of Scotland ‘s forgotten heroes!

Set during The Edinburgh Festival, The CALLING is a magical story and nearly all of its cast of characters can be observed standing on plinths in the heart of the city. Only one human or ‘Softie’ is able to witness the phenomenon of the statues coming to life for just one day of the year and he hopes they can help him discover who he is.

,p>David Livingston, Sir Walter Scott, Colonel Alexander Macintosh, William Wallace, Dr Clerk Maxwell, Robert Burns and King Charles II, to mention but a few, are there to help or hinder Holmes in his quest to help ‘Ed Fest’ regain his memory and to solve the crime.

Greyfriars Bobby lends a paw, The Gormleys are not the best of chaps and the Dreaming Spires Giraffes do rather rush about aimlessly, but all do what they can to help.

THE CALLING will subtly introduce children to an eclectic range of historical events and people, but with a cracking story, the book will appeal to a wide-ranging audience.

The Calling by Philip Caveney

Author Information

Philip Caveney’s first novel was published in 1977. Since then, he has published many novels for adults and since 2007, a series of children’s books that have sold all over the world, the Sebastien Darke series and another well-received series – The Alec Devlin Mysteries. Philip was born in North Wales in 1951. After leaving college, he worked extensively in theatre, both in London and Wales, and wrote the lyrics for rock adaptations of The Workhouse Donkey and Oscar Wilde’s Salome.

For further information, a copy of the book, or to speak to Philip Caveney please contact:

Linda MacFadyen
Publicity
Fledgling Press
Tel: 0191 280 1080, Mb: 07768 390172
Email: FledglingPR@virginmedia.com www.fledglingpress.co.uk @LindaMacFadyen

Student given green light in publisher’s art competition.

Rachel Cartwright, second year illustration student at Edinburgh College of Art, has won the Fledgling Press Book Cover competition. In its third year now, the competition brief was to illustrate the cover for Dickson Telfer’s upcoming collection of short stories, The Red Man Turns to Green, due to be published at the end of May 2013.

The Red Man Turns to Green by Dickson Telfer

Rachel Cartwright – ECA Competition Winner

Fledgling Press were delighted with the entries this year, struggling to choose from the high quality entries submitted by the students. After initially shortlisting five, the publisher spent the weekend deliberating over which cover most suited the book and announced the winner, Rachel Cartwright, to the students on Monday morning.
“We were genuinely quite astounded at the quality and quantity of this year’s entries. They were all of a high, professional standard, with consideration given to not just the illustration, but how the title and spine work as a whole cover. There were several that would have easily made it onto the cover of another publication, which made the task of choosing a winner very difficult, but we are all pleased with the outcome.” Clare Cain
The cover design competition at the ECA is going from strength to strength, this being the third consecutive year it has run. Students competed for a prize fund of £200 and to have their work published as the cover, but this year the students’ work also contributed to their coursework.  Previous winners include Camilla Botterrill and a cover for When the Turaco Calls, Melissa Wood for Sex, Love and Sweet Suicide and Joanna Lisowiecz for Viking Gold.
Previous ECA Winners

Previous ECA Winners

The Red Man Turns to Green is a collection of short stories by debut author Dickson Telford. In this enigmatic debut collection, Dickson Telfer plunges his characters into profound and occasionally unsettling situations and watches them stew, fumble, thrive and flourish.  Quirky, funny and alternative, his observations on everyday life make this collection eminently enjoyable. Fledgling Press are an independent Edinburgh Publisher who are committed to publishing work by debut authors, emerging talent and new voices in the literary world.