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


“Two miles doon the road” – travels around the Hebrides circa 1970 including visits to Mallaig, Skye, Lewis and Harris, the Uists, Benbecula, and finally to Barra. It features the exploits of four young lads during their journey, the glorious Hebridean scenery they encounter, and the 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 emigrate to the new world to seek their fortune – but the continuing family feud hinders their progress.

An Island Disaster – This story returns to the fictitious island of Lassa for a tragedy that also involves the Scottish Government as well as local islanders and others, and including Jane McKechnie who featured some of in the earlier stories in my first book “Free as the Wind” – see the Lassa Stories and Lassa 2012

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

“HELP ME, I HELP YOU” – a short story that moves swiftly from an overseas hotspot 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

The Great 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 office Eilidh Young battle against various incidents that arise due to the great storm.

Lord of the Isles – this is a provisional title for the final story of this book that I am currently writing. It is set in the early 14th century at a momentous time in the history of Scotland but also for the Lordship of the Isles