To Be Continued...

To Be Continued...A Madcap Highland Adventure From The Booker Longlisted Author Of And The Land Lay Still And The Testament Of Gideon MackDouglas Findhorn Elder Is In A Sorry State He S Just Turned Fifty, Split Up From His Girlfriend And Been Pushed Out Of His Job In An Ailing National Newspaper On The Night Of His Birthday, He Makes An Unexpected New Friend A Talking Toad So Begins A Wild Goose Chase That Will Lead Douglas Out Of His Cosy House In Edinburgh And Across The Country All The Way To Crumbling Glentaragar House In The Distant West Highlands Awaiting Him Along The Journey Are A Semi Criminal Hearse Driver, A Hundred Year Old Political Firebrand Grandmother, A Split Personality Alcoholic Teetotaller, An Elaborate Whisky Smuggling Conspiracy, A Mysterious Woman With A Rather Enchanting Greek Nose, And Maybe Even A Shot At RedemptionIn This Gloriously Surreal Romp, James Robertson Proves Once And For All That The Important Things In Life Friendship, Romance, A Very Fine Malt Whisky Come When You Least Expect Them

James Robertson born 1958 is a Scottish writer who grew up in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire He is the author of several short story and poetry collections, and has published four novels The Fanatic, Joseph Knight, The Testament of Gideon Mack, and And the Land Lay Still Joseph Knight was named both the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year and the Saltire Society Book of the Year in 2003 04

➵ [Reading] ➷ To Be Continued... By James Robertson ➪ –
  • Hardcover
  • To Be Continued...
  • James Robertson
  • English
  • 19 July 2019
  • 9780241146842

10 thoughts on “To Be Continued...

  1. says:

    Description A madcap Highland adventure from the Booker longlisted author of And The Land Lay Still and The Testament of Gideon Mack.Douglas Findhorn Elder is in a sorry state He s just turned fifty, split up from his girlfriend and been pushed out of his job in an ailing national newspaper On the night of his birthday, he makes an unexpected new friend a talking toad So begins a wild goose chase that will lead Douglas out of his cosy house in Edinburgh and across the country all the way to crumbling Glentaragar House in the distant West Highlands Awaiting him along the journey are a semi criminal hearse driver, a hundred year old political firebrand grandmother, a split personality alcoholic teetotaller, an elaborate whisky smuggling conspiracy, a mysterious woman with a rather enchanting Greek nose, and maybe even a shot at redemption In this gloriously surreal romp, James Robertson proves once and for all that the important things in life friendship, romance, a very fine malt whisky come when you least expect them. In The grand scale of existence, the everything that belongs to Douglas Findhorn Elder is not so very much The story opens on the grid locked number 11 bus trying to edge along Lothian Road Our angst ridden protagonist, heading for a funeral, recounts a birth date, and an encounter with a toad through the tines of a graipe Hooked, right there, and the lazy dog days of summer 2016 were greatly improved by meeting up with Murgo Forth Murgo That said, I do so wish Robertson would return to historical fiction along the lines of the five star excellence of Joseph KnightETA My initial take was To Be Continued was a skit on Alice in Wonderland where Douglas is late, late, late, and a toad substituted for the white rabbit Five Oh.Not long to go. CR To Be Continued4 The Testament of Gideon Mack3 And The Land Lay Still3 The Professor of Truth4 The Fanatic5 Joseph Knight

  2. says:

    Wonderful, hilarious, riotous and life affirming The writing is bright and shiny like the moon The characters are warm and smooth as single malt Books like this are the reason one loves books

  3. says:

    Soe, s damlik, armastust t is raamat Vaimukas, llatav ja etteaimatav samal ajal, l puks ikkagi k ige rohkem llatav Mulle tundub, et ksk ik mida selle kohta kirjutades oleksin nagu patune spoilerdaja, sestap ma tlen lihtsalt, et see oli le pika aja selline raamat, mille puhul ma ei keeranud lehti edasi Kahju oli ka, kui ra l ppes.

  4. says:

    Telling you that a book by James Robertson is brilliant does not tell you anything that his readers do not know So let me concentrate on the specifics There is a talking toad He is not an aristocratic toad as in The Wind in the Willows He is a common toad, although Mungo Forth Mungo would insist that there is nothing ordinary about him at all And in that he is right He becomes a sort of guardian angel to Douglas Findhorn Elder, 50 years old and a redundant journalist, persuading him to set out on an adventure into the wilds of Scotland beyond Rannoch Moor and into a series of quixotic encounters So perhaps Mungo Forth Mungo and Mr Toad of Toad Hall do have something in common after all.Anyway, Douglas Findhorn Elder has an excuse for this adventure He has been sent by the editor of the Spear to interview Rosalind Munlochy, a nonagenarian doyenne of Scottish literature and politics How Mungo Forth Mungo would love that phrase Rosalind is a Naomi Mitchison figure if ever there was one and like the real author and politician, Rosalind lives in an area of the Scottish Highlands that is difficult to access except by boat This will partly explain the adventures of Douglas and Mungo across Rannoch Moor, like Alan Breck Stewart and David Balfour, before they get to Glentaragar House.There are a host of characters to keep you entranced along the way Even Ronald Grigson, who is already dead when the story begins and who remains that way throughout the book, will bring you as the reader much comfort The story begins with Douglas Findhorn Elder on a No 11 bus, stuck in a traffic jam on Lothian Road, Edinburgh on his way to the funeral of his erstwhile colleague, Ronald Grigson and failing to get to the crematorium on time This leads to his fateful encounter with Gerry, the hearse driver and to the equally fateful encounter with his ex editor who commissions him to interview Rosalind Munlochy And all this on his birthday, which ends with him taking a bottle of wine to his sitootery patio, to you and me , contemplating his recently failed relationship with Sonia and meeting Mungo Forth Mungo, the talking toad.Anyway, that is enough about the plot And I haven t even mentioned Corryvreckan in his deerstalker nor Coppelia of the strange telephone conversations You may have gathered by now that there is a certain glorious, compelling insanity about this book, and that you will not want to put it down.Mungo Forth Mungo is a brilliant creation worthy to be ranked alongside Sancho Panza, Puck and, quite naturally, Alan Breck Stewart Or perhaps that last honour should be reserved for Corryvreckan The writing is, as you would expect from James Robertson, melodious, lyrical and quite entrancing The storytelling and characters are Dickensian The humour will have you grinning from page to page, and sometimes laughing out loud probably not to be recommended on a No 11 bus in Lothian Road, Edinburgh, unless you relish disparaging looks.This book is truly an event It is an astonishing tour de force by an author at the peak of his powers Long may he continue to write books of this calibre.

  5. says:

    This book starts slowly on the day of the main characters uneventful 50th birthday I wasn t convinced it was for me during the first chapter but I m glad I continued reading The main character is Douglas Findhorn Elder, who may be in the grips of a mid life crisis, having just turned 50, or he may be about to start to live Everything in Douglas s life seems to be in the past, his girlfriend has distanced herself, his father has gone, and his job as a reporter is over His father is still alive, and most definitely kicking, but he can no longer live at home.To fill time Douglas decides to pen a novel and enters into a relationship with a toad..I kid you not Is the toad a manifestation of Douglas s thoughts, or is it a real, talking, opinionated, and clever toad you will have to make your own mind up, but between you and me, I am a believer in Mungo Forth Mungo.aka the toad.he is real Things are pretty mundane in Douglas s life excluding the toad until he is offered a freelance role to interview Rosalind Munlochy Rosalind, a lady with an eventful history, is about to turn 100 Rosalind lives in the Highlands of Scotland, in an impossibly remote place, and our man Douglas sets off to visit her and in doing so he visits himself.What follows is a romp through the Highlands throw in some criminal activity, a bit of love, some delightfully strange characters then add a splash of whisky, and you will find yourself hooked The characters are greatincluding the toad. I need this wise little toad in my life Whilst reading it I was reminded of of those old black and white films that transport you to a gentle place and time Think subtle humor, a gentle albeit quirky story, and a bizarre take on reality Read it and smile.

  6. says:

    The kind of book that should be stocked in Highland youth hostels and small hotels, to wait there for walkers coming in off a long cold day on the mountains It s the kind of book that needs to be read by a crackling fire, whisky in hand, maybe a restful old dog lying at your feet, and the rain coming down outside.

  7. says:

    This book is really quite crazy and I normally run a mile from anything surreal or picaresque or which is described as a romp But Robertson completely won me over with this zany novel about Douglas Findhorn Elder, who has just turned 50 and is looking forward to a bleak future without his partner or his job But then he makes a new friend A talking toad And suddenly life gets pretty wild Robertson writes with verve and wit, he manages to keep control of his bizarre plot and characters, and injects the whole thing with a large dose of humanity and compassion An enormously enjoyable read, with memorable characters, including the anthropomorphic toad, and a life affirming and warm hearted narrative that engages right to the end.

  8. says:

    Minu j rgnevaid m tteis saate lugeda

  9. says:

    Douglas is a fifty year old journalist who has taken voluntary redundancy from his edinburgh newspaper job and broken up with sonya, his girlfriend of ten years At something of a loose end, he takes a freelance job, getting an interview with an aged writer and former MP called Rosalind Munlochy, who lives in a very remote part of the scottish Highlands he meets some mildly eccentric people on his travels, and there is also, for some reason, a talking toad who accompanies him Douglas himself is not a very interesting person, and neither are most of the people he encounters Nothing occurs that is particularly exciting or unusual the most amusing person in the book is Douglas s friend Ollie, who isn t in it enough This book, which fluctuates rather strangely between first and third person narration, was mildly diverting but almost entirely forgettable.

  10. says:

    Having a grey day, or feeling a bit mid life struggling with work, romance, family or existential angst I highly recommend a dip into this unpredictable road trip book Our hero starts out having a most dismal birthday, but his life goes gloriously off the rails when he starts talking with a toad and bootlegging whiskey in the Scottish Highlands Amid swirls of magic realism reminiscent of early Kate Atkinson, I enjoyed the characters and insights and will go back to read Robertson s other books.

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