Forget the kids festive time, buy the book; trade the kids for a holiday where you can read it in peace.
“A collectors item fit for your local recycling yard.” “A literary sensation. I could not bear to read it.” “Now I know why have I not heard of Grouse Beater”. “Poor reviews are wrong. It held my front door open in a Force 10 gale!” “I thought it was a book on recipes and asked for my money back.” “If Scotland wants to restore its self-governance make sure Wardell is on holiday.”
Responding to thousands of requests from readers, well, okay, many hundreds – alright! Ten. Grouse Beater’s writer in residence (he works from his home office) has compiled a collection of the most enduring essays, old and new, many of the old uprated, a few written especially for the book.
“Essays” is the simple unadorned title, a gift fit for friends and foe alike, yourself first and foremost.
The book will be available in hardback and eBook from Amazon for the festival period, price to be confirmed. Over two hundred pages (200 plus) of ‘great stuff worth keeping to enrich the independendista’s arguement’, and when that fails, heavy enough to throw at your opponent’s head’.
A taster: “Faced by bellicose opponents keen to belittle Scotland, tell them this: even if they do not, Scotland thinks like an indepdendent country and has done all its 1,000 years of existence. Let them huff and puff for that is what is insurmountable to the colonial.” (And then sell them a copy of the book)
Here are a few plaudits from the privileged in the know – readers are free to add their own remarks in the Comments section on this site, for possible inclusion in the book. You can write about one particular essay, or essays collectively.
“A beautifully crafted collection of critically acclaimed essays, old and new, offers up a wonderful mix of subjects that touches the brain, heart and soul of the reader for their concise coverage of Scottish political and social commentary. ‘Grouse Beater’ is the wordsmith’s wordsmith.” Ken McDonald, Editor iScot magazine
“His writing is always extremely interesting, often profound, provocative, polemical and challenging, and always an enjoyable read. He has a knack of seeing underneath the endemic bullshit in the world and enlightening us with his sharp wit to explain its deceptions.” Professor Ian Ritchie CBE., Master Architect and Engineer
“Gareth Wardell keeps one step ahead of the zeitgeist. His research is sound and incisive. His arguments are thought provoking, a constant education. His wit is rapier sharp, his prose riveting.” Patrick Doyle,. Movie Composer
“Writing as ‘Grouse Beater’, Gareth Wardell’s thought-provoking essays invariably are written with the passionate conviction, forthrightness and respect characteristic of the man himself.” Eva Menuhin, Ghost Writer
“Gareth Wardell has proven to be the finest political essayist in Scotland today, as the highly successful ‘Grouse Beater’ blog repeatedly confirms. His many literary compositions combine fine prose and pinpoint identification of key issues, sprinkled with inspired provocative insights and thought.” Professor Alfred J. Baird. Maritime Expert and author
Gareth’s views are not just fantastic and enjoyable but for me essential reading. He transmits a thoughtful analysis of the current panorama, reminding us of the huge historical effort humans have had to make in order to achieve relative peace, a little bit of freedom and a few rights. He is a brave man who shares his wisdom and experience with eloquence and helps us to understand the importance of the past in order to fight for our future. Pilar Fernandez, Galician writer, activist
“Asked to categorise Gareth’s essays, I’d say robust, exceptional, balanced, authoritative, generous and often unforgettable.” Eva Comrie, Family and Child Law Specialist
“As a Scot resident in Australia, out of touch with my homeland, Gareth’s essays filled a void in my understanding of the history of Scotland and its achievers.” Howard Cairns, Grousey’s cousin