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But N Ben A Go Go

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Written entirely in Scots, this is a science fiction novel set in a future where the Scottish Highlands are the only unsubmerged area of Britain. With strong characters and a gripping plot, the well-defined settings create an atmosphere of paranoia and danger.
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Published February 1st 2005 by Luath Press Limited (first published September 11th 2000)
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David Kintore
Jul 05, 2014 David Kintore rated it it was amazing
“Java 5 aye got Broon where he wis gaun, but no athoot a stooshie and never athoot a fecht.”

My spellchecker is freaking out here as I'm reviewing Matthew Fitt’s superb Scots language story But n Ben A-Go-Go. Futuristic sci-fi type fiction normally leaves me cold, but what Fitt has written in But n Ben A-Go-Go is absolutely captivating. This book hit me in the same way as Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting; the language is so vivid and direct and sharp that it invites you to read it out loud to fully s
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Juliet Wilson
Nov 15, 2012 Juliet Wilson rated it liked it
This is a SF novel written entirely in Scots dialect! I enjoyed this story, set in 2090 Scotland which has been mostly flooded due to climate change, with ordinary Scots and refugee Danes living in floating city communities, while only the Highlands are still above ground, inhabited by the very rich; mutant wild animals (Kelpies) and rebel American tourists. Its a very inventive novel, it has to be commended for grappling with ideas about where climate change and other contemporary issues could ...more
Peter
Aug 22, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it
Hard work for someone not accustomed to Lallands Scots but well worth the effort as a different Scifi book about a drowned world where the tops of the Scottish Highlands are the only dry land around and the people in the floating towns are cursed with a genetic virus that is killing them.
Falsedan
Jun 16, 2008 Falsedan rated it really liked it
Reading an entire work in the Scots language (without being remotely familiar with it) highlighted the incestuous relationship between English, Gaelic, & French.
Mylesgorton
Sep 07, 2014 Mylesgorton rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this entertaining book - the scots language it is written in is understandable even to me (an Englisher) - an interesting future is described
Stephen Mclaren
Mar 19, 2010 Stephen Mclaren rated it it was amazing
Makes you dream in Scots (i stole that quote from the back of the book). Also, he appears to be the author of "Katie's Coo". 'Nuff said?
Michael Logan
Dec 13, 2012 Michael Logan rated it it was amazing
I read this ages ago, and just remembered it last week. Don't remember enough for a big review. I just remember I thoroughly enjoyed it.
James M
May 10, 2016 James M rated it it was amazing
Written in a hypothetical version of new Scots and set in the Highlands after most of the world is under sea, a deadly virus spreads across the remaining land.
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