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The Birds That Never Flew

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'The clock had called time and his was well and truly up. The bastard was about to die. Not even the Virgin Mary, whether she was here or she wasn't was going to get in the way of that.'

Battered and bruised, Elizabeth has taken her daughter and left her abusive husband Patrick. Again. In the bleak and impersonal Glasgow housing office Elizabeth meets the provocatively intr
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Paperback, 329 pages
Published November 9th 2013 by ThunderPoint Publishing (first published November 8th 2013)
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Andrea
Nov 26, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! The writing is vivd and descrptive,at times heartbreakingly so,yet still manages to be funny and engaging.The main theme of the book is dark and focuses on the character of Elizabeth and her very sad story.The author makes you cry and laugh on the same page.I would say this is one of the best,most original books I have ever read and highly recommend it! Dare I say,it would make a great Scottish film...?!
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Sep 08, 2016 Maureen rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing debut novel. The content is dark, I mean really dark, but in contrast, the writing is so beautiful, that it's almost poetic at times. This really is life in the raw, as it takes you on one heck of a journey, that carries you helplessly along to its conclusion. It doesn't seem right to say I 'enjoyed' this book in the normal sense of the word, as some of the events are so horrific, but what I can say is, I was mesmerised, and I would happily read anything that Margot McCuaig ...more
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With tears in my eyes, I read this sad tale. Battered and bruised, Elizabeth has left her husband Patrick and she has taken her daughter Collette with her. Patrick kicked and smashed Elizabeth face to smithereens. Elizabeth and Collette are sent to the homeless unit and is promised a longer term temporary accommodation. She is advised to contact the police to impose some sort of court order to keep her husband away from her. I certainly recommend Margot McCuaig a new and vibrant voice in ...more
Beccy Swain
Feb 11, 2014 Beccy Swain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant first novel. A dark and disturbing storyline mixed with black humour and the Virgin Mary's Glesga patter! All-too-convincing characters take you on a fantastic journey that shocks and fascinates in equal measure. I wondered (and worried!) how it was going to end but wasn't disappointed. Highly recommended!
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Aug 20, 2014 Jennifer Moville rated it really liked it
a book that shocks, delights, makes you happy and intrigues you all in equal measure - a deep and heartfelt story - thoroughly recommend
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Jan 04, 2016 Kitty rated it it was amazing
A fabulous, visual read. Mesmerizing. I have lots to ponder, many unanswered questions.
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Sep 18, 2015 Ashley Whalen rated it it was amazing
Can't recommend this book enough.
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Elizabeth and Sadie, each with a young daughter, meet up at a Glasgow housing office after leaving their husbands. Her jaw broken by the latest beating, Elizabeth finds dubious consolation in the medal of the Virgin Mary she wears around her neck. When Sadie admits that she has stolen £20,000 from her drug-dealer husband in order to make a better life for her daughter on a small island off the coast of Ireland, Elizabeth is persuaded to go with her. But Sadie’s feckless husband is a mere pawn in ...more
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I've parked this for now though I intend to go back to it later - I simply have too many others to read at present!
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My debut novel The Birds That Never Flew was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012 and was published by Thunderpoint in 2013. It was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2014. A second edition was published in April 2015. I'm currently writing another... I also make telly, as in TV programmes, not the instruments you watch them on. My work has taken me to lots of ...more
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“Anything could happen in the company of a woman whose usual status is ‘apparition’.” 2 likes
“When you least expect it, you run in to an old friend from school, or the neighbour’s cat, not Mary the Virgin Mother of God.” 2 likes
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