In celebration of my move back to Glasgow after 22 years away, my first novel, Of Darkness and Light, which was written and set there 29 years ago, is free this week on Amazon Kindle.
It was published by Bloomsbury a few weeks before Christmas in 1989, and I gave a copy to my then-girlfriend as a Christmas present. She spent Christmas at her parents' place, and her mother asked if she could read my book.
"I don't think you'd like it, Mum. It's not your kind of thing..."
"Don't be daft," her mother said, and took the book with her when she went to bed.
In the morning, she handed her daughter the book without a word.
"Well, Mum? Did you read it?"
"Aye, I did."
"Well, what did you think?"
"The boy looks normal."