An unsolved murder, a marriage at breaking point and a football club in crisis collide into one woman’s life in this dramatic new novel, set against political upheaval in Glasgow in 2011.
Forty-two-year-old Izzy Campbell wants more from life than a husband who is a fanatical Glasgow Rangers football supporter and a borderline alcoholic. She has always put her family’s needs first, but with her son turning eighteen she decides it’s time things change. Izzy volunteers at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and enrols for a part-time degree in Social Sciences, and when she encounters a charismatic journalist, Sean Docherty who is investigating alleged financial mismanagement at Rangers, she finds herself offering to help. Before she knows it, she is drawn into the excitement of political activism and the arms of an attractive man. Her loyalties are further tested when she discovers her husband’s part in the murder of a young fan from Rangers’ arch enemy – Celtic. The choices Izzy makes will determine the future of her life.
An engaging and heartfelt story of one woman’s personal transformation.
|A great read. Well written, with well drawn characters; all who have an important part too play in the narrative.
This is a read that blends fact and fiction.
Recent social and sporting history in the west of Scotland, where a major football institution is about to go into liquidation.
Fiction tells of the estrangement of a family.
Between husband and wife, father and son. Where sectarianism blights the social scene.
Izzy Campbell finds herself trapped in a marriage that is fast reaching it’s sell by date.
Her husband is a fanatical Glasgow Rangers supporter and fast approaching alcoholism ..
With her son approaching adulthood, Izzy volunteers for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and enrol in a Social Sciences course. And with her friend Bridget becoming involved in politics and standing for the SNP, Izzy starts to see the bigger picture.
The writing is of a superb quality and the characters are well drawn.
Izzy’s torment is plain to see; loyalty to her husband Jim and her marriage, which gives her son stability. Or does it?
Jim and alcohol are continuing to rampage through his and other’s lives. Driving a wedge between him and all who have his best interests at heart.
I like how the story is told between various viewpoints and exploits what they have in common and what divides them.
Another tool the author uses to great effect is the conversations at the end of each chapter.
This points out the hopelessness, despair and ultimately the ability to face up to change.
Though the names have been changed to protect the innocent/ guilty, anyone who knows about the demise of a Glasgow football club can read between the lines.
Well done Keddie. I enjoyed this book and it’s four well deserved 4 stars from me .