Thursday, October 13, 2022

Top ten road novels

James Yorkston is a singer-songwriter and author from the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland, and one of the most celebrated artists in British contemporary music. Over the course of a 15-year career as a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he’s recorded a series of acclaimed albums showcasing a balance of folk and contemporary roots, often drawing deeply on traditional songs and narrative heritage. As a popular live performer and an in-demand collaborator, Yorkston has toured continuously throughout the UK, Europe and North America, gaining a loyal and dedicated following.

At the Guardian Yorkston tagged ten top road novels, including:
Nevada by Imogen Binnie

Because the anticipation can be as exciting as the trip itself, right? Maria kicks herself out of a job she’s bored of and decides to buy a wad of drugs, steal a car and drive … Although it takes her a while to do those deeds, and the trip ends in an abrupt, comical manner when a bout of inner dullness and realisation of the undertaking emerges in Maria’s newly sobered partner-in-trip. Nevada is written with a burst of energy that gently subsides until the reader finds themselves caught up in Maria’s view of the world, a view with many conflicts and confusions.
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