The Making of Mickey Bell


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The Making of Mickey bell was chosen as The Scots Magazine’s Book of the Month!

The Making of Mickey Bell was the Courier’s Scottish book of the week!

Read an extract from The Making of Mickey Bell in The Write Stuff, a column in the Scotsman newspaper “showcasing the talents of the nation’s best writers.”

Praise for The Making of Mickey Bell:

‘A Highland road movie, rich in encounters… MacInnes has real talent.’

The Scotsman

‘Stylish and experimental… a life-affirming book that keeps you reading.’

The Courier

‘Like James Kelman on a Munro climb with Dave Eggers in post-indyref Scotland, Macinnes is the real deal: staring hard at Broken Britain, but with a stylishness and experimentalism that few novelists these days even dare.’

Alan Bissett

‘Precise and vivid.’

Allan Massie

“One of the best artistic reactions to post-Referendum Scotland there has been so far… bursting with ideas, stylistic flourishes, unusual narrative voices and literary experimentation.”

Alistair Braidwood @Scots Whay Hae!

‘An outstanding book that is both memorable and unique.’

Undiscovered Scotland

‘A triumphant journey of discovery.’

Alex Roddie

What’s the story then?

Mickey Bell’s sick alright… just not as sick as the dole think he is. Now his psychotic ex has grassed him up to the benefit fraud hotline, and Mickey needs to make a sharp exit. Where better to hide than up a Munro?

With faithful dog Tyke at his heels, Mickey flees a Glasgow rife with referendum fever for a country where crows and collie dogs can speak. A wicked queen, a gay hell’s angel and a total disregard for the legal implications of love could be just what Mickey needs to turn his life around.


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