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Dearest Dacha

Norman MacLean

Publisher: Birlinn

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“Perhaps the first Gaelic black comedy” from the renowned Scottish television entertainer, comedian, and writer (John Murray, RTE Radio 1).   Norman MacLean is a living legend in the Gaelic world. Based in the Uists in the Outer Hebrides, with side trips to Glasgow, Hamburg and Amsterdam, this dotty adventure embraces frustrated sex, drugs, eightsome reels and a memorable cast of oddball characters: three inept would-be criminals, a demented care-home resident, an ex-communicant of the Free Church of Scotland who moonlights as an enforcer, a pair of Russian weight-lifters who raise ostriches by day and mud-wrestle by night, and a formidable woman lawyer determined to cleanse the island of wrongdoing before HM The Queen arrives on her annual visit. Something akin to a mad Gaelic version of The Sopranos as directed by the Coen brothers, this novella is a masterclass of understatement, pitch-perfect dialogue and confident narration. “Norman is a 24-carat comedy jewel that just keeps sparkling.” —Bruce Morton, BBC Radio Scotland “Norman MacLean is the Billy Connolly of the Gaidhealtachd.” —Calum MacDonald, Runrig

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