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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.