Fishing for Submarines

The Clearances and how one family is affected, and nostalgia for the Scottish islands in the 60s and 70s.

This book will be available later in 2017. Completed stories currently include the following:

Captain Oliphant – This story is set on the island of Bute off the beautiful west coast of Scotland. It is the early nineteen sixties and features two young boys and their encounters with a ships’ captain who has worked in various types of ships, environments and locations from Clyde puffers to the famous Clyde steamers of the time to ships in the merchant navy… or did he?

Photo – PS Waverley, mentioned in this story

“Two miles doon the road” – Travels around the Hebrides circa nineteen seventy and includes visits to Mallaig, Skye, Lewis and Harris, the Uists, Benbecula, and finally to Barra. It features the exploits of four young lads during their event-filled journey, the glorious Hebridean scenery they encounter, and the many interesting people they meet on their travels.

Safe and Sound – The Clearances – The second part of a trilogy – (see Free as the Wind). Nearly seventy years after the battle of Culloden the two sides of the MacPherson family from Sutherland are still hating each other. This time the story is set at the time of the Clearances and details how one side of the family has been forced from their home. They have to leave behind the land their family has lived on for many generations, as well as some of their own family.

Safe and Sound – The Emigration – Final part of a trilogy – (see Free as the Wind).

The MacPherson family have been forced to move from their tenancy in Sutherland. Some of the family decide to stay in Helmsdale but others decide to leave for the new world to seek their fortune – but the family feud continues.

An Island Disaster – This story returns to the fictitious island of Lassa for a major tragedy that also involves the Scottish Government as well as local islanders and others, and again including Jane McKechnie – see “Free as the Wind” –  Lassa Stories and Lassa 2012

Illustration by Teresa Gordon

Fishing for Submarines – A further event on Lassa for Jane McKechnie to attend to. This time she tussles with the Ministry of Defence at Westminster

“PLEASE HELP, I HELP YOU” – a short story that moves swiftly from an overseas hot-spot to the island of Mull and then on to Glasgow and encompasses some of the major issues of today. It also introduces PC Cameron Liddle and his colleagues

A Wild Island Storm – The title speaks for itself and again is based on Mull. This time, however, the islands of Iona and Staffa also feature, and PC Cameron Liddle also makes a return as he and his fellow police officer Eilidh Young battle against various incidents that arise due to a wild island storm.

The Bean Nighe  – My final story of this book is set in the early 12th century at the time of Somerled of the Isles, an ambitious man who gained in power and influence throughout the islands and west coast of Scotland. It was also a time from when many tales of folklore emerged, one of which was the Bean Nighe, similar to the Banshee. Both of these are woven into an atmospheric, action-packed, and engaging story


Dunollie Castle by Oban built on the site of an ancient hill-fort that used by Somerled