- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Cranachan Publishing (29 Jan. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911279114
- ISBN-13: 978-1911279112
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Ross Sayers writes contemporary fiction which explores friendship, family ties and morality with humour, unique character voices and pared-back prose. He graduated from the University of Stirling in 2014, with a BA in English Studies, and graduated again in 2015 with a M.Litt in Creative Writing. His stories and poems have featured in magazines such as Quotidian and Octavius, and his short story, ‘Dancin’ is currently used on West College Scotland’s Higher English course.
Top Customer Reviews
Mary's the Name is a quirky yet powerfully evocative tale that will both warm and break your heart simultaneously - go grab yourself a wee corner to read in and settle yourself down, you are going to love it!
Mary's the Name will have you wanting to give Mary a cuddle as she goes through the confusion of being dropped by the girl she thought was her friend. I was so pleased when she found a new friend, Grace, in Skye and enjoyed the escapades they got up to. The strong bond between Mary and her Granpa was clear to see though I was beginning to wonder just what he had got them into!
Mary's the Name had me smiling a lot but also left me with a lump in my throat. A wonderfully warm and witty debut by a fresh new voice in Scottish fiction, a real pleasure to read. Ross Sayers is certainly an author to watch in future.
At 66 her granpa had kept himself pretty fit, being a boxer in his younger days he wasn't one for being walked over, which always made Mary feel safe when she was with him, but not much could be done when a gang robbed the Bookies he worked in when Mary was there too. Not long after they do a bit of a moonlight flit and disappear over to the Isle of Skye to stay with her granpa's friend for the summer. Ross Sayers writes in a Scottish twang which gives the whole thing a glow when you read it.
Mary has the most wonderful innocent outlook on life that you find yourself really smiling at. You really want this little girl to have all the good things, the perfect friends, the little Cinderella that will go to the ball and find happiness at the end of the rainbow. Life unfortunately isn't like that. This is certainly a novel that requires a box of tissues and a hug when you have come to the end. Truly delightful!
The setting adds to this juxtaposition of surface-level confection and underlying grime - most of the action takes place in the picture-postcard setting of Portree, with its pastel-painted houses along the harbour, so when crime and violence and death intrude, it's even more shocking. (I grew up in Portree, so the depiction of the village made me feel all nostalgic!)
To tell a story like this through the eyes of a child is inspired. The charm and humour of the narrator, her childish enthusiasms and concerns, and her limited understanding of just how horrible things are getting, produce real dramatic tension.
An excellent debut. Sayers is a writer to watch.
Mary's The Name centres around an eight-year-old girl, Mary, who lives with her grandfather. Her parents died when she was only a toddler, and her grandfather took her in, bringing her up, so her grandpa is very much her dad. Mary is a little bit quirky, hugely intelligent beyond her years and fiercely independent. I did wonder at certain parts in the book if Mary was autistic, as she most certainly showed autistic traits, but whether this was intentional or not does not really matter, she is an interesting character who held my attention and whom I rooted for the entire way through the novel. I loved this little girl and everything she stood for. She is slowly growing up in the world and throughout the book we see this development in her social understanding of the world. The events that surround the robbery, shatter her idyllic illusion of the world, and we see the blinkers slowly being peeled back.
Then we have the grandpa, who I also loved. OK, he does get himself involved in a robbery, when he has a little girl to look after, but ultimately he is a good man. A hard working man, and I couldn't help but like him, even though I should have disliked him for his thoughtless actions. I suppose we all do things in life that we are not proud of, those mistakes that we look back on and think, what was I thinking? So, I could forgive him, as his love for Mary was so evident on the pages as I read his story. I had to forgive him, there was no other option.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely brilliant! Would highly recommend it to everyone! Had it read within two days, I couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the next book Ross.Published 2 days ago by trish hunter
Wee Mary is indeed a character and the great charm of this book is the fact that the story is told from Mary's viewpoint. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Anne Black
You'll rarely read a novel with such a deft touch when it comes to narrative voice. Ross Sayers is a damn fine writer, and Mary is a great character, instantly loveable, frequently... Read morePublished 8 days ago by D.A. Watson
When you find yourself caring about the characters, laughing, worried, angry and heartbroken in turn and whose characters will stay in your mind long after you finish the last page... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Mary’s the Name” At long last, I have finished reading this delightful and remarkable book, written by Ross Sayers. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely loved this book. Mary and her grandfather are brilliantly drawn and the dialogue is so authentic I could hear it as I read it. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Alidottir
Loved the book! Mary and her Granpa are quite entertaining and it was wonderful to read the story through her eyes.Published 25 days ago by ishbel macnab
To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. Mary stole my heart from the very first and as the story progressed, so my fondness for her grew and grew. Read morePublished 29 days ago by scoutfinch75