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Buddha Da

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"Anne Donovan is outstanding...quite marvellous. I was very, very impressed." Melvyn Bragg "Donovan has such a skill with language that these stories sing off the page. Her use of dialect gives these ordinary people their own voice." THE BIG ISSUE IN SCOTLAND Anne Marie's Da, a Glaswegian painter and decorator, has always been game for a laugh. So when he first takes up meditation at the Buddhist Centre, no one takes him seriously, especially when his pursuit of the new Lama ends in a trip round the Carmunnock bypass. But as Jimmy becomes more involved in a search for the spiritual, his beliefs start to come into conflict with the needs of his wife, Liz. Cracks appear in their apparently happy family life, and the ensuing events change the lives of each family member. With seamless grace and astonishing honesty, Buddha Da treats serious themes with humour and its characters with humanity.

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A new cover edition of Anne Donovan's bestselling debut novel

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'A delightfully deadpan look at what happens when one family member decides that he's unlocked the secret of the universe.'
Independent

Buddha Da tells the endearing story of a working-class Glaswegian man who discovers Buddhism, rejects old habits
and seeks a life more meaningful, only to alienate his immediate family in the process.

Moving seamlessly between three family members, Donovan's clear-eyed, richly expressive prose sings off the page. Each character's voice has its own subtle rhythm and the conclusion is a poignant mixture of hope and lingering reservations. Buddha Da is a delight from one of Britain's most exciting writers.

'An enchanting novel in which ordinary lives are illuminated with extraordinary charm.'
Daily Telegraph

'Buddha Da reads like a Scottish Roddy Doyle, dealing with potentially heavy issues with an addictive blend of pathos and humour.'
Observer

'Her deliciously corkscrewed tale flows with the sap of everyday life.'
Sunday Times

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