Set within the realistic context of everyday life in Scotland, Prickly Scots is a rich descriptive epic written in two parts. First and foremost, this story is a comedy, but sprinkled with fantastical and psychological elements, it delivers, with rich detail and clever nuance, the personal journeys of a motley crew of main characters.
Cursed, herself, with a beautiful mind and looks like the south end of a northbound horse, Sadie Wallace has lived a long, lonely and bitter life since, as a teenager in 1934, she'd whacked her parents with an oar on Loch Ness. But over seven decades later, with the arrival of an unexplained phenomenon that was shortly followed by an abandoned baby and a peculiar young family coming to live on her family's estate turned orphanage, it's not just her memories of her parent's disappearance that changes beyond all recognition as Archiebald MacGregor grows up. And just what is the nature of the connection that exists between her and her working class housekeeper Meg Hume - a woman that the children love but whom Sadie only loves to demean at every turn?
The ones actually cursed back in the 16th century by an iniquitous being, and with very real consequence, Angus and Morag MacGregor, together with an alien they call C-Throo, are doomed to watch Archie die over and over again as he fails to complete a series of tasks that must be completed to put an end to their own immortal existence once and for all. While integrating into whatever culture the Blue Phenomenon has chosen for them, they must closely guard the secret of their true existence and the ancestral, now souped up with alien technology, castle run by a sentient and scathing plant life, this time hidden on a small isle.
Shona Clancy, a bumbling but ambitious news reporter out to prove a point to a public who once ridiculed her, is cursed with having to leave her glamorous lifestyle behind to come home to look after her ailing and acerbic mother who puts her down and embarrasses her at every turn. But in more ways than one, this might just turn out to be a blessing in disguise as an old flame, and her erstwhile obsession with the Blue Phenomenon becomes reignited.
Dolores 'Dizzy D' Dingle, cursed by everything under the sun, is a disaster area; everybody and everything she comes into contact with kind of cursed themselves for simply having encountered this walking typhoon. A stoner from Canada, Dolores saunters aimlessly and obliviously through life, trying, unsuccessfully, to reclaim her Englishness. But like her great aunt Sadie, the events that take place in 1934, long before Dolores was even born, might just change everything about her reality too.
The entire village of Murkentilloch is sorely cursed for having a terrible hairdresser - Jennyfer 'Crocodile Teeth' LeClair. Did the ex-prostitute really do away with her eccentric, over talkative husband Herr Katz, or did he hitch up his lederhosen and do a runner on the night of the Blue Phenomenon when he finally sobered up and realised just what a reptile his second wife was?
Book II sees the cast lost in time and others popping up in different centuries all over the place as parallels intermingle, affecting everything you thought you knew. Everything.
Largely set in Inverness in 1587, this part of the story sees a biblical artefact being sought out, the object of Archie’s task, but with being hunted down and accused of being a warlock, it isn’t an easy one. But whom does he meet along the way? You might be surprised. And who gets to live, and where, when, even? And who dies or should never exist at all?