Fergus was eight when his fisherman father drowned, leaving him in a damp tenement with his mother - and her resentment. In the wild landscape, Fergus searched for a way out.
Follow Fergus from scabby-kneed schoolboy to ambitious artist, from a squat to a mansion, from Hebridean islands to Hoxton galleries, from Presbyterianism to hedonism. Why did Fergus run from his past? And how does he get back?
Unlike Rebecca I didn't find this 'often shocking and borderline crude' It was one of the best stories I have heard on audio and very well narrated, I'm looking forward for future books from Kate Muir
I listened to this book for a book group, and didn't know what to expect, almost expecting generic chick-lit (which isn't generally my cup of tea).
Although it took me a few minutes to get into the book because it is written with individual chapter headings that don't necessarily relate to the following text and this isn't entirely clear on audio, after this initial trepidation I was hooked on Fergus' story, following him as he comes of age.
Far from being chick-lit, this novel was often shocking and borderline crude, despite having a few moments of sometimes sickly-sweet sentimentality that seemed to digress from the book's straight-talking and truthful tone.
The narrator was wonderful, and possibly made this book better on audio than it is on paper.
I'd recommend this book to most listeners, but due to some adult content it's not for the faint-hearted or prudish!