A Large Measure of Snow
A Tale from Kinloch
It’s December 1967, and the town of Kinloch is cut off by heavy snow. With all roads closed, the only way to feed and water the townsfolk is for the fishing fleet to sail to Girvan for much needed supplies.
But the skipper of the Girl Maggie, Sandy Hoynes, has a problem. First mate Hamish has, to everyone’s astonishment, been chosen as Young Fisherman of the Year by a Glasgow newspaper. Marooned in the town and with one eye on a scoop, their reporter decides to join the fishing crew on their mercy mission. The thought of the publicity – and some remuneration – delights Hoynes. But Hamish hasn’t told him the whole story.
As the blizzards worsen, the crew of the Girl Maggie embark upon a trip like no other, encountering ghostly Vikings, gigantic crustaceans and a helpful seagull.
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Publisher: Polygon (an imprint of Birlinn Limited)
Published: 01 October 2020
eBook ISBN: 9781788853460
Formats: Hardback | Audio | eBook
'Meyrick's novella is a break with crime and bulges with satire - It's Para Handy on a hallucinogenic trip'
– Stuart Cosgrove, BBC Commentator and author
'Brimming with bonhomie, bristling with banter and laced with a healthy dose of fantasy'
– Sunday Post
'It sings with the evocation of time, place and people, and the humour and truth behind fishermen’s tall tales'
– The Scotsman
'When I heard Denzil Meyrick had written a novella I jumped for joy, and I was 100% rewarded. This is laugh out loud funny, atmospheric ( I had to hide my chips from the Seagulls at one point I was so convinced I was in Kinloch) and utterly charming... MUST READ'
– Waterstones Bookseller
'A compelling, adventurous, and somewhat quirky tale of the sea... There are some mystical touches of otherworldliness to be discovered along the way that really appealed to me, as did Sandy and the lobster! Amusing and entertaining, A Large Measure of Snow would make a perfect stocking filler for all the Denzil Meyrick fans out there'
'A brilliant atmospheric book'
– UK Crime Book Club
'Brimming with humour and a delight to read from start to finish. For such a short novel, there’s barrels of laughs to enjoy. It’s hard to find criticism with this book. Look no further for a delightful read'
– Dundee Courier, Book of the Week
'Peppered with legend, ghostly Vikings and a even giant lobster. I loved it!'
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