‘Love, Revenge and Buttered Scones’ by Bobbie Darbyshire

It was a mid-October chilly Saturday. I wasn’t looking for a book that day. I was just looking AT books.

Actually my bank account had been crying for a while, so that the last thing I needed was to spend my last few pounds in books.

That’s before meeting Bobbie: “Excuse me, does it bother if I show you something?”

I’ve got to tell you, I’m not sure these were her exact words, because I was too focused on checking out the latest Hilary Mantell’s to take any notice of the world around me. And yet, she got my attention.

I turned to face this little woman in big spectacles. She was holding a couple of books with her name written on them and she was explaining to me what they were about.

The first one, ‘Truth Games’, was based on her real-life experience in London; the second one, ‘Love, Revenge & Buttered Scones’, on the opposite, was a complete work of fiction.

I was quite sorry I couldn’t take both of the books, but as I said my wallet was having a rough time.

You can easily understand that eventually I decided for the fiction story.

Don’t blame me, I was just a little tired of real life stories, I wanted the unlikely, the impossible or even a whole fancy world.

With Bobbie Darbyshire I found the most unlikely of the situations, grotesque and unexpected.

Seriously, I knew Scotland is fascinating, but I didn’t think it could be so funny! – that is, the story is funny, really funny. And it’s set in Inverness, that’s Scotland. Ok, well, you got what I mean.

So, here we are.

Three people go to Inverness – and it already sounds like a classical joke. I wonder if this is how the author came up with the idea.

As I was saying, three people go to Inverness. There is a meeting at the library with a mysterious author, who happens to be the one who decides to tell us this story.

Incidentally, none of the three people going to Inverness will actually attend the meeting. Each one of them for very different reasons.

There’s Henry, followed by his ghosts and expecting to meet the one he loves; Elena, hunted by a guilt she inherited and seeking revenge; Peter and his Gaelic poetry, looking for realization and romance.

On top of this, there’s the Urquhart family (but you pronounce it Er-Cut), that will bring them all together.

After a few days diving in that crazy world, I finally turned the last page and closed the book, thinking back at this amazing adventure in the cold air of Scotland.

Then I opened the book again, to read the dedication on top of the autograph: “To Maddalena. Good to meet you! Bobbie Darbyshire”.

Thank you Bobbie. It was so good to meet you too.


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