LEITH-based novelist and playwright Michael Shand launches his debut novel, Jimmy This, Jimmy That, at The Haven Cafe, Anchorfield, this Friday.
Told through the words of an unnamed narrator, one who is always trying to blend into the background and stay clear of trouble, Jimmy This, Jimmy That, relates his story as he navigates his way through adult life with the same uncertainty that characterised his teenage years - the ones dominated by Jimmy Stokes.
It is the 1990s, when things were very different and the majority of teenagers weren’t technologically induced hermits.
The narrator and his friends, Noggin (decent at heart and deceptively clever), Specks (a victim, but of considerable thieving talent), and, of course, Jimmy Stokes, weave their way through the disaffected streets of Edinburgh, leaving behind them a trail of barbarity.
The world might have significantly changed, but one principle remains the same: When the gauntlet is thrown down, do you have the bottle?
With marriage and parenthood threatening to obscure his identity, the memories of the narrator’s youth are triggered by the insignificant... some graffiti on a bus stop.
Pop along to the launch on Friday and enjoy a drink, some ‘delectable’ home baking, and, of course, get your copy of Jimmy This, Jimmy That signed by the author himself.
Jimmy This, Jimmy That Book Launch, The Haven Cafe, Anchorfield, Friday, 7pm-9.30pm
Jimmy This, Jimmy That published in paperback by Dolman Scott, £7.99