I’ve been posting updates of what I’ve been reading, listening to and watching on my Facebook page for a while now. I thought I would take the opportunity to post a few more in-depth posts here at arranarctic.com on what’s entertaining me in between my own artistic endeavours.
‘The Stornoway Way’ often scathing story of sometime artist/musician, full time alchoholic R. Stornoway and his life on the Scottish isle of Lewis.
I came across the novel randomly while perusing the shelves of a charity bookshop. It’s the best £2.49 I’ve spent in a long time as I cannot stress how much I have enjoyed this book. It’s been a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud, something this book made me do repeatedly:
“I often wonder if those stories are true about some alkies being able to live for so long because their insides are so pickled they self-preserve”
‘Stornoway…’ is often delightfully dark, written in beautiful prose and the final, achingly painful but poignant chapter will stay in your mind for a long time after reading.