Scabby Queen (Hardback)
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Scabby Queen (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 23/07/2020

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Sweeping across five tumultuous decades in British politics, from the miners’ strike to Brexit, Scabby Queen is a tantalising portrait of a woman who defies the norm.

Three days before her fifty-first birthday, Clio Campbell - one-hit-wonder, political activist, life-long-love and one-night-stand - kills herself in her friend Ruth's spare bedroom. And, as practical as she is, Ruth doesn't know what to do. Or how to feel. Because knowing and loving Clio Campbell was never straightforward.

To Neil, she was his great unrequited love. He'd known it since their days on picket lines as teenagers. Now she's a sentence in his email inbox: Remember me well.

The media had loved her as a sexy young starlet, but laughed her off as a ranting spinster as she aged. But with news of her suicide, Clio Campbell is transformed into a posthumous heroine for politically chaotic times.

Stretching over five decades, taking in the miners' strikes to Brexit and beyond; hopping between a tiny Scottish island, a Brixton anarchist squat, the bloody Genoa G8 protests, the poll tax riots and Top of the Pops, Scabby Queen is a portrait of a woman who refuses to compromise, told by her friends and lovers, enemies and fans.

As word spreads of what Clio has done, half a century of memories, of pain and of joy are wrenched to the surface. Those who loved her, those who hated her, and those that felt both ways at once, are forced to ask one question: Who was Clio Campbell?

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008342296
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘Kirstin Innes has written a fat, firecracker of a book, revolving around the suicide of Clio Campbell, a Glasgow chanteuse, whose story emerges through the voices of friends, acquaintances, enemies and journalists with space to fill. It’s about women and silence, oddballs and adventurers and stupid mistakes; about ‘no need to worry about me’ Scottishness and 'getting by’ as practised by every culture on earth. Best of all, it’s about joy and hope and the pressing need to seize the day while one can.’ Janice Galloway, author of The Trick Is to Keep Breathing ‘Scottish fiction has a long history of state-of-the-nation novels that examine the collision of myth and reality. Think of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Alasdair Gray’s surreal fantasy Lanark or James Robertson’s sweeping epic And the Land Lay Still. To their ranks can now be added Scabby Queen … as complicated, complex, tragic and bewitching as the woman at its heart’ Independent ‘Scabby Queen is a life and death struggle of a book: wounded, angry, beautiful, righteous, beaten and triumphant’ A. L. Kennedy, author of Serious Sweet ‘Totally immersive and gloriously polyphonic’ Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure ‘A warm, gritty, capacious take on the endearing theme of the fallen star. Irresistible’ Leila Aboulela, author of Elsewhere, Home ‘Innes’s range is as wide as Clio’s passions … The supporting characters are vividly drawn, and Clio herself is always larger than life – This is an opportune state-of-the nation novel with a feminist heart.’ Guardian 'An absolute inspiration … Since I finished Scabby Queen I’ve found myself on many ocassions thinking “What would Clio do?” … Although the fictional Clio exist only in the patchwork memories of others, Kirstin Innes conjures a vivid portrayal of a creative, determined, fiery working-class woman.’ Scotsman

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“Many loves and lives of Clio Campbell....”

One hit wonder Clio Campbell in her 50s is found death in her friends house, the verdict is suicide. Who was she ? The story told through people who knew her, weaves through past and present giving a real portrait of... More

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“A gorgeous novel”

Scabby Queen is a beautiful patchwork of a book, told from multiple points of view and in multiple ways, covering a period of fifty years. It's a maze, a kind of intellectual (and emotional) pinball machine,... More

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“Scabby Queen”

I think this book may well be like Marmite. Your other reviewers obviously love it, but I hated it. My husband bought it for me on the recommendation of a colleague who reads loads and loads of novels, maybe I... More

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