The Orange-Prize-shortlisted debut novel from beloved Scottish writer Anne Donovan
Anne Marie’s Da, a Glaswegian painter and decorator, has always been game for a laugh. So when he first tells his family that he’s taking up meditation at the Buddhist Centre in town, no one takes him seriously. But as Jimmy becomes more involved in his search for the spiritual his beliefs start to come into conflict with the needs of his wife, Liz, and cracks begin to form in their previously happy family.
With grace, humour and humility Anne Donovan’s beloved debut tells the story of one man’s search for a higher power. But in his search for meaning, Jimmy might be about to lose the thing that matters most.
“A beauty … Had me engrossed to the end”
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“An enchanting novel in which ordinary lives are illuminated with extraordinary charm”
“Her deliciously corkscrewed tale flows with the sap of everyday life”
“Anne Donovan is to be cherished”
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“Anne Donovan is outstanding”
Anne Donovan is the author of the short story collection, Hieroglyphics and other Stories, and the novels, Buddha Da, Being Emily and Gone Are The Leaves, all published by Canongate. Her short story All That Glisters won the prestigious Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Award. Buddha Da was shortlisted for many prizes including the Orange Prize and the Dublin International IMPAC Award, and won Le Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius. Gone Are The Leaves was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Literary Book of the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow.