Toni Davidson's Scar Culture, is a hugely acclaimed debut dealing with the controversial subjects of incest, child abuse and psychosexual healing. It appears destined to follow in the tradition of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Dice Man as fiction that challenges the way we think about psychotherapy and dysfunctional sexuality. Shocking, thought-provoking, erotic, beautifully written, sharp-witted, and always riveting, Scar Culture marks the arrival of an extraordinary new voice.
Toni Davidson was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1965. His novel Scar Culture (Canongate, 1999), about child psychiatry and abuse, was published to international acclaim and translated into nine languages. It won an Scottish Arts Council Book Award.His short story collection, A Gradual Gathering of Lust (Canongate) was published in 2008.
Praise for Toni Davidson's writing
'The Gradual Gathering of Lust is a wonderful collection. It contains writing that often threatens to overwhelm the reader with explorative potential. Despite the facility with and evident love of language, the impression is given that words aren't all; they're merely the scrim on a concealed truth, enormous and ineffable and unutterable.' Guardian
On Scar Culture:
'Like William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, Scar Culture is a book not to read, but to reread' Sunday Herald 'Compelling... A novel of ideas that is also humanly compelling' Times Literary Supplement
'Toni Davidson's first novel is a clever, well-executed work' Independent on Sunday 'A macabre, disturbing and bitterly funny look at sexual abuse and psychiatry' Dazed and Confused
'As an account of pure, undiluted wickedness, it is hard to imagine this novel being bettered - but perhaps it is just a question of waiting. Davidson's novel is a deeply pessimistic work, but also a timely and necessary one.' Daily Telegraph
'Veering between the poetic and clinical, human and monstrous Scar Culture is a brave, highly filmic, and complex book displaying a real intelligence prepared to tackle taboo territory with imagination and subversive humour. It could well be destined for cult status.' Herald
'Toni Davidson's first novel is disturbingly mesmerising, complex in its construction and devastating' Observer