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In A Dead Man's Jacket

In A Dead Man's Jacket [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Murray Scott

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Charges headlong through a battered world of chancers, small-time drug-dealers, neighbourhood hoods and Hooray Henrys in 1983 Thatcher’s Britain. A wryly accurate and hilarious account of a young Scotsman on the make, determined to survive the Thatcher years.

Summer 1983, Margaret Thatcher has been triumphantly re-elected and Martin Duff is leaving Glasgow University, degree in hand, to join 3 million others on the dole. Back in his hometown of Dundee there is no possibility of a job and worse, having fallen foul of the Unemployment Benefit Office, no prospect of a giro either!

The city has fallen a long way from the days when it built great ships and Duffy rejoins the ranks of the underclass, eking out his time and worrying about his scallywag younger brother Ned’s troubles with drug gang bosses. Duffy recruits fearsome uncle Jimmy to deal with the problem. In court to hear of Ned’s latest brush with the law, he is contacted by Parky Gates and Solly McCabe – crime bosses from Milngavie – and in cahoots with his pal Ian, is set up as a skunk cannabis farmer based in a derelict Angus farm at Nether Balbungie.

But Ned returns from jail determined to get involved and when he is snubbed, rats them out to the rival local drug gang, the Hannans. The police arrive, the inland revenue Gestapo are on their tail, the landlords are after back rent, the electricity board wants to investigate massive unpaid electricity use in the area, both drug gangs are after them. More people are after them than pursued Al Capone in his heyday.

They manage to escape, disguised as pirates - with the entire skunk harvest inside a vintage split-screen orange VW campervan - and high (in all senses of the word) society beckons. Soon they are hobnobbing with Chelsea toffs, partying with the yahs and looking forward to spending their expected millions – once they can find a buyer.

Part scabrous comedy, part political fable, In A Dead Man’s Jacket charges headlong through a world of chancers, small-time drug-dealers and Hooray Henrys where the class divide yawns ever wider and the ship of state is sinking fast.

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  • Print Length: 233 pages
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  • Language: English
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More About the Author

Andrew began writing stories and poems at an early age, but found success initially as a nonfiction author, writing biographies of the leader of the first Jacobite Rising, John Graham of Clavehouse 'Bonnie Dundee' and of Scotland's notorious avant-garde writer Alexander Trocchi among his ten nonfiction titles.

Andrew's big break came in 1999 when he won a major book prize that led to the publication of his first novel, Tumulus. This was well-reviewed and led to more paperback novels: Estuary Blue (2001), The Mushroom Club (2007), The Big J (2008), and In a A Dead Man's Jacket, published as an ebook in 2013. Some of the titles are now also available for ereaders.

As a Scottish writer, many of Andrew's books reflect the culture and political experience of people in Scotland. Andrew believes that now is the best time to be a Scottish writer - with exciting developments in the wind.

Andrew's main interest is fiction and he is living testimony that persistence pays off. "You have to work hard at it but mainly you need to analyse the story you want to tell - what exactly is the story? - and then find the best, most concise way to tell it, in a style that complements the nature of the subject matter.

"I've always written because I have to, it's a lifelong compulsion for me and of course hugely enjoyable when it comes out right. I hope it's true that writers get better with age as I have lots of ideas for novels I want to write."

Alongside his literary activities, Andrew developed a media career as a journalist and author, media lecturer and creative writing tutor, having benefitted from going to University in his early 40s and he now works as a press officer.

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