Author’s gritty new novel has touch of Trainspotting

Call Billy: 07899 232007 is out now, written by author Sam McColl from Oban has just

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Author Sam McColl's new offering is a gritty family drama NO_T23_CallBillyFrontCover
Author Sam McColl’s new offering is a gritty family drama

Author Sam McColl from Oban has published a gritty psychological family drama as her new novel.

Call Billy: 07899 232007 has a touch of Trainspotting about it and has been likened to possibly The Archers on acid.

McColl’s early life was far from ideal.  She grew up in a difficult and violent family, was orphaned at 12 when her parents were killed in a car crash on their way back from a party, becoming a model in the 60s.

A mother of three grown-up children, she has worked with young people and addicts,  juggling her writing with being part of the Anti-bullying Network, the Parent Teacher Council and being a lay inspector for Scottish schools.

She now divides her time living with her husband  in Edinburgh and in a cabin in Tarbert.

Call Billy: 07899 232007 was partly funded by a New Writers’ Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council and is published by McEllisons.

The book is about the Gillespie family who were meant to be making a new start in Edinburgh. The family begins to spin into free fall when an affair turns nasty and the deceit is unwittingly discovered by the teenage daughter.