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W&N Fiction HB / ETPB May £12.99 / £13.99 320pp 978 0 297 60925 4 / 978 0 297 60926 1 eBook: £12.99 / 978 0 297 60927 8

‘A real storyteller’ – Simon Mayo Colin MacIntyre is an award-winning musician who has made two Top 20 albums, recording under the name Mull Historical Society

COLIN MACINTYRE The Letters of Ivor Punch

All the Birds, Singing meets Ross Raisin via Hamish Macbeth: an exuberant debut from acclaimed musician Colin MacIntyre. Imagine an island, a place separated from the mainland by choppy seas. A place of myths and faith, where a Headless Horseman is said to stalk the woods but where the kirk is always full. Imagine a community which held its own against Darwin but which can’t hold onto its own. Prepare to meet a pioneering female travel writer, two fatherless boys, and a man who, quite simply, fell from the sky. And, at the centre of it all, the figure who links the past to the present – the irrepressible, unforgettable former Sergeant Punch. Ivor Punch will not be taking his secrets to the grave. He’s going to share them: with a departed relative, with President Obama and, especially, with you. Hilarious and heartfelt, rowdy and true, The Letters of Ivor Punch is a novel about fathers and sons, secrets and lies and how, sometimes, you have to leave home to know what home is. Colin MacIntyre has toured with The Strokes, Elbow and REM, played all the major festivals, and has performed live sessions on Radio 4, 6Music, Later with Jools Holland and The Jonathan Ross Show. He is the co-author of a Radio 4 Afternoon Play, Zero Degrees of Separation, and has collaborated with Tony Benn and Irvine Welsh, among others. Born into a family of writers and storytellers, Colin grew up on Mull but now lives in London.

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Location: SW London Available for interview www.colinmacintyre.com f/colinmacintyremull @colinmacintyre

W&N Fiction • May 2015