Edinburgh, Scotland (PRWEB) November 19, 2013
“Of The Road” takes its protagonist, Cal, through different pivotal and symbolic situations and relationships. Cal is forced to face up to himself and his own alcoholism. This is set against the sheer diversity of Scotland, where the margins are forced to eke out a living in the face of alienation.
“This is the status quo of Scotland,” Cumming says, “but is perversely not where we come from. This creates a dichotomy in the Scots character where we are left with a puzzle. Not only, where do we come from, but also how we have chosen to communicate ourselves. Statistically, Scotland holds the dubious distinction of being the most violent culture of any developed nation in the western world. Also the most almost loving.”
Inspired to write by his own past history, Cumming hopes that his readers will enjoy his storytelling and find, if nothing else, a sense of place.
About the Author
Calum Cumming was born in, Forfar, Scotland in 1962. His first novel, “Commons,” was published in 2003, and he followed that up with “Quicksilver Chases Gold” and now “Of The Road.” He trained as a construction engineer after leaving Aberdeen Grammar School in 1979. Cumming spent a year at Newbattle Abbey College 1987-88 and subsequently graduated from The University of Glasgow in 1992. He lives and works in Scotland.
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