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To Be Continued By James Robertson,

  • Title: To Be Continued
  • Author: James Robertson
  • ISBN: 9780241146842
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 wA 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.
    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

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    1. 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 crum [...]

    2. 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. 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, a [...]

    4. 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.

    5. 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 inject [...]

    6. 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 o [...]

    7. 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.

    8. A wonderful story about a 50 year old man who meets a talking toad, goes on a road trip through the Highlands of Scotland and meets up with many strange, unusual people, along the way, plus drinks some very fine whisky A great read and very highly recommended.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Penguin UK Hamish Hamilton via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    9. This was a top notch yarn that I very nearly ditched The first few pages come across as self indulgent pap but please please persist if you feel the same as I did There are sublime passages that remind you why reading is such a pleasure The fantastic imagination of the author is of course self indulgent but when there is a pay off for the reader, who cares The book is really a farce but it s characters are real and not forced and as such it can carry a talking toad and a fake Scotsman with multi [...]

    10. Such a wonderful, surreal book Douglas is such a relatable character who, while following his wee jaunt, makes you like him and The other characters, some bizarre yet lovable, help fuel the plot and keep you on your toes Finally, Mungo Forth Mungo, the talking toad who aids Douglas on his journey His character allows a different point of view for the situations Douglas is in, while being a fantastic travel companion Without him the book would be missing a necessary spark, which kept me wanting [...]

    11. Fun romp through Edinburgh and Argyllshire as Douglas Findhorn Elder finds, on turning fifty, that his life is going nowhere A talking toad provides the impetus to abandon the novel he is writing and take on the unknown His adventures include riding in a hearse containing bootleg whisky and driven by an ex con and trying to sort out the multiple identities that tow of his new acquaintances inhabit It reminded me of some of Kingsley Amis s comic novels.

    12. James Robertson is such a good author And it frustrates me endlessly that he isn t known in the United States To Be Continued is very much like his earlier Testament of Gideon Mack Very clever and funny in an absurd, is this real or just an unreliable narrator kind of way, but still addressing profound aspects of existence.

    13. An amusing read, reminded me of Love on a Branch Line, by John Hadfield whereby a mild mannered man visits a strangely ethereal country estate and finds love, laughter and meaning to his life amidst strange goings on in an Arcadian setting.

    14. Laugh out loud funny, this quirky, slightly esoteric book is a road trip by train and hearst to the remote West of Scotland, by man and toad.

    15. An amusing tale which is up there with the humorists of old There were parts where I laughed out loud A nicely rounded story with few if any superfluous characters, they all have their part to play.

    16. 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 n [...]

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