Snake Road - Sue Peebles

Festivals' Book Club - November 2014

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Welcome to Festivals’ Book Club, in association with Vintage Books. Each month, we’ll be reading a different title and would love you to join us: either at our live book group in Cheltenham, or by sharing your thoughts online.

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November Book Club:

Snake Road Sue Peebles

Shortlisted for the Encore Award 2014

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Writing of this extraordinary quality and depth is only ever to be welcomed, embraced and, hopefully, suitably rewarded

Scotland on Sunday

Peggy Kirkpatrick has been talking about a baby called Eleanor.
But no one has heard of Eleanor, and Peggy has dementia. She gets confused and most of the time she doesn’t make any sense, except to her granddaughter, Aggie.
Determined to unravel the mystery of Peggy’s past, Aggie begins to search. But as curiosity turns to obsession, the drive for truth starts to threaten her marriage, her family, and her already fragile mind…

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Thursday, November 13th at The Daily Bean, COOK, Bath Road, Cheltenham
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A deeply humane tale of memory, loss and the struggle to understand a family’s past


Note from the editor

Sue Peebles is the kind of writer we must cherish. Her writing is gentle, wise and uniquely observed, her stories are humane, tender and poignant. Sue is unafraid to focus on the domestic realm and a small cast of characters, and she holds her unblinking, steadfast gaze on this canvas so that ordinary situations are rendered extraordinary, everyday emotional and family struggles are made real with wit, subtlety and empathy, and we can learn more from a page of one of her books than we can from volumes of other writers. With dark humour and a keen eye for social observation, Sue has the ability to tackle bleak subjects in a compelling and uplifting way – and in Snake Road she writes about ageing, loss, love and family history in a subtle, beautiful and enriching novel. She has been described as a leading light of the Scottish literary scene, and widely praised as a writer to be embraced for her extraordinary quality and depth.
Poppy Hampson, Senior Editor, Chatto & Windus

About Sue Peebles

Sue Peebles was born in Arbroath in 1955. She spent some of her childhood in Detroit before returning to Scotland, where she now lives. Since graduating in Psychology she has worked as a researcher, social worker and university teacher. Her first novel, The Death of Lomond Friel, won the Scottish First Book Award and the Saltire First Book Award, and was shortlisted for Scottish Book of the Year. Her second novel, Snake Road, has been shortlisted for the Encore Award 2014.