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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099539853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099539858
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Scottish First Book Award and Saltire First Book Award, and short-listed for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year, 'The Death of Lomond Friel' was listed in The Times Best Debut Novels 2010 as an 'unusual, loveable debut .. superbly written'.

Sue Peebles was born in Scotland in 1955, but spent some of her childhood in Detroit. Since graduating in Psychology she has worked as a researcher, social worker and university teacher. Her new novel, Snake Road, has been shortlisted for the Encore Award.

'Peebles's writing burns with humour and grace.' The Independent.

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"Piercingly lovely...a pleasure to read" (Catherine Taylor Guardian)

"A vibrant, witty and passionate tale of a family struggling to overcome tragedy...Peebles' prose is consistently startling - there isn't an ordinary or hackneyed sentence or sentiment in the book...beautifully expresses the joys and tribulations of family life" (Ian Critchley Daily Telegraph)

"I loved it...it's about human relationships, stark and simple, when they are tested to the limit. Who would have thought a novel about a stroke could be so compelling?... An excellent novel, tender and witty and shot through with perception of many kinds" (Margaret Forster)

"If there is justice in the world she will be collecting prizes by the basketload for this extraordinary novel" (Lesley McDowell The Scotsman)

"The delicacy and care with which she draws the stricken Lomond is the outstanding feat of this ambitions work" (Rosemary Goring Sunday Herald)

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A stunning debut novel about a family in crisis, written with extraordinary compassion, humour and grace. A young woman's life is thrown into disarray when her father has a stroke.

WINNER OF THE SALTIRE FIRST BOOK AWARD


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yogini on 14 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
I found this an absorbing book with incredible insight into all stages of human life. It was at times poignant, at times amusing, at times familiar but always absorbing. A story which grips you from the opening line and you are immediately hooked.

Once started I could not put it down, I wanted to get to the end but I did not want to finish it. Time should be devoted to the reading of this book in order to appreciate its gentle shifts, its beautiful writing and its very real characters.

I have just finished reading this unique book and cannot wait for her next one - in the meantime I will read this one again (and probably again).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pen pal VINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was not surprised to learn that the author is a trained psychologist because her observations are so perceptive. Each character is so well analysed and defined and it really was like meeting them and getting to know them with all their frailties and insecurities and yet, with Heath and Kitty especially their strengths. Lomond's stroke and the subsequent aftermath brings to the surface so much that has lain dormant for so long. The portrayal of Lomond and how he is feeling inside after suffering the stroke is really well depicted, and makes you really think about how much we take for granted until we cannot do it for ourselves! I am sure we will be reading alot more from this very talented author. She has a lovely way of describing people with all their messy emotions. Every character was well drawn and unique, just as it should be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By calamity on 30 May 2011
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What a wonderful book!! Such a surprise to discover that this is Sue Peebles first one. From the start, it was difficult to put the book down. To find that Sue is a trained Psychologist and Social Worker is not surprising in view of the empathy, skills and knowledge displayed in her writings. Her tender approach to the characters and to their failings makes the reader re-evaluate their own feelings particularly when it comes to addressing issues involving guilt and responsibilities when terminal illness strikes a family. Well done. I look forward to reading more from Sue Peebles.
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A most enjoyable read, looking in of the life of a family trying to cope with the calamity that befalls them. The writer has a unique way of pondering the imponderable, so that certain pages of this book have stuck with me ever since, which is about 3 years ago - and I am a prolific reader, but can't usually even remember what a book is about a month after finishing it. A very worthwhile investment of money, time and emotional energy, I would highly recommend this book.
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By fiona grafton on 1 April 2014
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A beautiful story of love, adventure and determination that mixes humour with pathos and makes an excellent read. I found it difficult to put the book down in my eagerness to know the outcome.
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