Fiction

Short Stories

Winter Tales

‘Winter Tales’ represents the very best known and liked of Kenneth’s short stories from over 20 years of writing. Several of the stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio; many have been published either at home or abroad. Two have been short-listed for major literary awards. The stories themselves are from different corners of the world: from a traveller family in Ireland, the young sons of Sicilians settling in New York, and a boy making sense of the world amid the appalling bullying of his Scottish school. They are all about moments of intensity in people’s lives; moments of terrible transition or enlightenment. They are about turning points.

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Novels

Glen Lyon

Glen LyonWhat is the real story behind the young man who comes to Glen Lyon and begins building a house with his own hands? It’s only when Somerled Stewart comes down after the winter to the village and sets eyes on Anna, the daughter of the blacksmith, that the mists begin to clear. As he longs to build a perfect world around him in wood and stone, so he yearns also to create a flawless happiness with Anna. But when he discovers that she will have a child, fears from his past return to haunt him and jeopardize everything he has striven so hard to make. Glen Lyon is a powerful story about damaged men and women, and the transformative power of love in healing brokenness.

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Well Of The North Wind

wellofthenorthwind Fian has been adopted by monks on the west coast of Ireland. However, the young boy’s fine drawings in the sand soon take him to the Isle of Iona to work on the Book of Kells – that great treasure of the Celts – in the last days of Columba. Fian befriends the monks, and though never quite becoming one of them, he grows into their world and is caught up in their stories. One day he falls in love, and in the joy and anguish that follows, he wrestles with faith and embarks on the long journey to discover his true self.

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2020

This novel, published by Saraband, has been sold to the US and Canada, and is likely to appear in a number of languages. It’s a grim story for our times: a major terrorist attack in south-east England kills scores of people, but it also fans the flames of extreme nationalism, and an organisation by the name of White Rose is established to fight Islam and immigration from the Middle East. London is all but paralysed as one city in northern England becomes the battleground for rival factions and their ghastly atrocities. But what neither side knows is that one of the terrorists who committed the attack in the south was not killed but survived to be arrested by the security forces. Just how far will they go to discover the intentions behind the terror group’s operations? Published 25 May 2017

Childrens Fiction

Santa Maria

bk_snatmariaThis was Kenneth’s first novel for 8 to 12’s. It is a Scottish story, set in the Hebrides, and it’s thoroughly appropriate that it should be published by a Scottish publisher, Argyll Publishing. A tale about a lost Spanish Armanda galleon and about the great storm in which it is found, this is also a very real account of growing up on an island and about the lives of two children in particular – Michael and Maria.