Dundee has transformed itself since 1945. The citys economy has diversified after its long dependence on the jute industry, and cultural and social life have developed in directions that would have been hard to predict two generations ago. Andrew Murray Scotts vivid, informative and finely illustrated account concentrates on these critical years in Dundees history. Before World War Two the city was in decline and only in the 1970s, with the advent of new technologies, did Dundees regeneration begin. Against this background of profound change, the author gives a remarkable account of the rich daily life of Dundee. He recalls important events and individuals, offers keen insights into the processes of development and recovery, and paints a graphic portrait of the modern city and its people.
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.