The Wee Book of Calvin: Air-Kissing in the North-East

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A collection of essays and aphorisms about Scottish Calvinism. This is Scottish literary humour at its finest.

'A work of contemporary shamanism, with all the bluff, poetry, deranged humour, sleight-of-hand and real magic that implies.' Don Paterson.

This is the first (and maybe the last) self-help guide that promises to make you feel a lot worse after you read it. A hilarious satire on freeze-dried mysticism and off-the-shelf enlightenment, it is also a haunting and lyrical reflection on places, voices and memories -- a literary journey into the heart of North-East darkness.

'A perfect evocation of Scotland's mysterious love affair with loss and sorrow. A powerful dram of Zen Calvinism.' Richard Holloway

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"Ironic satire in a self-help book full of sorrow... quintessentially Scottish and strangely hypnotic" -- The Bookseller

"The Feng-Shui of broken windows... Gull Soup for the soul..." -- Don Paterson - Winner of Whitbread Poetry Prize 2003

'A profound meditation [and] a bracing antidote to the cloying sweetness of New Age spirituality.' -- Scottish Review of Books, October 31, 2004

'At last, an antidote to self-help prattle . . . and a celebration of Scottish Calvinist common sense.' -- Daily Mail

'By turns funny, poignant and downright disturbing.' -- Herald, October 30, 2004

'Very amusing . . . a fine, affectionate portrait in black and grey of a culture that looks unflinchingly on a hard life.' -- Daily Telegraph, October 22, 2004

About the Author:

Bill Duncan is the author of The Smiling School for Calvinists (Bloomsbury, 2001), an outstanding debut collection of short stories. He is a Head Teacher of English in a Scottish secondary school and divides his time between Dundee, St Madoes and Orkney.

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