Checking Out Of The Hotel Euthanasia by Gerard Graham

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Assisted dying is one of the key ethical and political issues of our day.

Checking out of the Hotel Euthanasia is  a novel that tackles the dilemmas head-on with a rare mixture of scabrous enthusiasm and due respect. The book is guaranteed to offend many;  to help many come to a considered view of the complex issues involved around the topic; and to amuse as well as instruct many by the satirical approach used to engage with the topic. But one thing Ringwood can guarantee is that this amazing novel will leave no-one indifferent.

Euthanasia– whether you’re for or against assisted suicide, Gerard Graham welcomes you through the splendid doors of Hotel Euthanasia for a life changing stay. We just can’t promise you won’t die of laughter before it’s time to leave.

Graham takes us 21 years into the future to tell the bizarre tales of the guests that come for the most luxurious death that money can buy, 100% personalised to the customer’s self indulgent desires– however weird those may be.

Graham’s satirical comedy has been skilfully written, following Rab Lennon and his Glasgow cronies on their adventure to blow up Hotel Euthanasia in revenge for the assisted killing of his parents. However, along the way we find ourselves tripping over deep-rooted views, bumping into uneasy feelings and finding ourselves lost along the winding path of reality. You may just find yourself turning down an unexpected route.

The effective juxtaposition of humour and death, which seems to flow so easily from Graham’s creative mind, not only creates controversy, but catapults the reader into thoughts about the sanctity of life and freedom of choice. Graham neither argues for, nor against, but simply lays it all out bare — the ridiculousness, the sadness, the motives and the defeat, all felt by his characters. “With choice and free will the only thing you can be sure of is uncertainty.”

In the words of one pre-publication review

Checking Out of the Hotel Euthanasia is an always funny, often farcical, sometimes scabrous take on a serious subject, assisted dying. Swiftian in style, approach, and content, it relentlessly assaults the hypocrisies and muddled arguments around both sides of the euthanasia debate with a challenging combination of dispassionate calm and outrageous humour. It will offend many, amuse even more, and leave no-one untouched. It is a major contribution to the political and ethical debate already underway about the best response to a growing clamour for the legal right to end one’s life on one’s own terms.”

 

Checking Out Of The Hotel Euthanasia is now published and available for immediate purchase and delivery.  The formal launch will take place in Glasgow on August 22nd, at 7pm in the Iron Horse (upstairs Lounge) West Nile St, Glasgow. Admission is free and all are welcome for what should be  a very entertaining evening where the author will talk about and read from his book.

Order your copy or copies of Checking Out Of The Hotel Euthanasia now using the Paypal facility below (credit cards accepted). All copies will be signed by the author, and will be dispatched within 24 hours of purchase. or will be handed over by the author at the Launch if preferred

Title: Checking Out the Hotel Euthanasia
Author: Gerard Graham
ISBN: 9781901514407
Format: Paperback
Price: £9.99

In the Devil’s Name by Dave Watson

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Some of the locals in the small Scottish village of Ballantrae still tell tales about haunted Bennane Head, the cliffs just up the coast where mythical mass murderer and cannibal Sawney Beane is said to have dwelt with his inbred family during the seventeenth century. Never walk past there at night, they say, or heaven help you. Just a ghost story to give the tourists a thrill.

Phil, Griff, Sam and Cairnsey are local boys who enjoy a smoke, a beer and the occasional tab of mind bending acid, and celebrating the end of high school with some trips and a night’s camping at Bennane Head sounds like a high old time. But when their drug fuelled revelry  descends into a nightmarish fight for their sanity and survival, those who make it through the night will know that know that true evil never forgets unpaid debts.

‘The Christopher Brookmyre of horror. Readers will be very, very afraid’ – Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room

 

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Title: In the Devil’s Name
Author: Dave Watson
ISBN: 9871901514377
Format: Paperback
Price: £9.99
Publication: August 2016

The Volunteer by Charles Sharkey

 

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THE VOLUNTEER

 

The Volunteer is a powerful and thought-provoking examination of the Troubles that plagued Northern Ireland for almost three decades. It follows the struggles of two Belfast families from opposite sides of the sectarian divide. This revealing novel will lead the reader to a greater understanding of the events that led from the Civil Rights marches in the late Sixties, through the years of unbridled violence that followed, until the Good Friday Agreement of the late Nineties.

 

Born in the same hospital, within hours of each other, Danny Duffy and William Morrison would never meet again, but their lives, and the lives of their families, would be tragically intertwined by politics, secrets and blood.

 

While William Morrison shuns the violence that engulfs West Belfast, Danny Duffy finds himself standing in front of a panel of IRA men, ready to take up arms as a Volunteer; but what is he fighting for and how far is he willing to go?

 

 

In the words of one pre-publication review

 

“Reading The Volunteer has deepened and enriched my whole perspective on this crucial period in recent Irish and British history known as The Troubles. Its cast of memorable characters and the varied fates that befall them through the many pages of this enthralling book will linger long in the mind, as will its revelations about the human realities behind the historic events so dramatically covered. This is a book to be cherished, and one to recommend enthusiastically to anyone with an interest in recent social and political history.”

 

The Volunteer is now available to order using the Paypal facility below.  Signed copies will be posted out in early December or can be presented personally by the author at the Launch now confirmed as from 7pm on 15th December 2016  in Sweeney’s Bar 962 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow. (Admission Free. All welcome for what will be a wild and exciting night with food, drink and music as well as the book launch)

Title: The Volunteer
Author: Charles P Sharkey
ISBN: 9781901514360
Format: Paperback
Price: £9.99
Publication date: 1st December 2016

What Spooked Crazy Horse? by Alex Gordon

What Spooked Crazy Horse?Derek ‘Crazy Horse’ Laird is hot property: one of the highest-paid footballers on the planet, with a right foot coveted by Europe’s greatest clubs and what the pundits call ‘a good head on his shoulders’. So everyone is flummoxed when Crazy Horse skips training, flees his adoptive country and heads back to his homeland, incognito.

Caught up in the tale is debonair sports-journalist turned-detective Charlie Brock (hero of Who Shot Wild Bill?). Before long, and unawares, both men are ensconced among the boozy, windswept eccentrics who inhabit the Isle of Cumbrae. It is late November, the Firth of Clyde is growing peevish and a small army of international police and ill-intentioned hacks are about to descend on the island, scenting a scandal.
The locals, however, remain oblivious. All Wee Effie, Vodka Joe and Dr Hickory Dock have on their minds is sex, booze and ferry tolls. A hilarious,
affectionate and rollicking mystery about two worlds colliding. What Spooked Crazy Horse? is the eagerly awaited sequel to Who Shot Wild Bill?.

‘Cowboys, a killing and a Country & Western Festival all add up to a rumbustious debut novel from Alex Gordon’

Daily Record

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Title: What Spooked Crazy Horse?
Author: Alex Gordon
ISBN: 978-1-901514-34-6
Format: Paperback
Price: £9.99
Publication: July 2016


About the author: 

Alex Gordon spent over 40 years at the forefront of Scottish football reporting, including as Chief Sports Sub-Editor of the Daily Record and Sports Editor of the Sunday Mail. In 2015 Ringwood published his book Jinx Dogs Burns Now Flu, ‘a rollicking, often hilarious, always entertaining’ look behind the headlines of the Scottish press. As well as Jinx, Alex has written 11 other books on Scottish football, including biographies of Denis Law, Chic Charnley and Yogi Hughes. His novel Who Shot Wild Bill? was published by Ringwood in 2016.

Between Two Bridges by Brian McHugh

coverWe are delighted to announce the publication this summer of Brian McHugh’s second novel, Between Two Bridges. This is a sequel to Torn Edges, published by Ringwood in 2012. Like its predecessor, Between Two Bridges moves between two worlds.

New York, 1933

Prohibition is coming to an end, but not everyone is celebrating. A few astute businessmen realise that by legally importing liquor before the Volstead Act is repealed, they can net themselves a small fortune. Charlie McKenna, an Irishman who spent time in Glasgow during the Great War, is sent to complete the deal with Denholm Distillers in their St Enoch Square office.

Glasgow, Present Day

Still reeling from the murder of their friend, three old friends are once again knocked off-course by the resurfacing of a battered diary. It soon leads them back into their investigation of Julie’s grandfather, Charlie McKenna. More troubling tales of war, gold and gangsters soon begin to surface.

Between Two Bridges is a fast-paced adventure with a well-researched historical setting.

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Title: Between Two Bridges
Author: Brian McHugh
ISBN: 978-1-901514-35-3
Format: Paperback
Price: £9.99
Publication: June 2016


About the author: 

Brian McHugh is a Glasgow based author. As well as Torn Edges (published by Ringwood), Brian has written several  short stories and articles for The Guardian and Private Eye. Among several short films Brian has produced, his story of the Gorbals and Buddy Holly was first broadcast by the BBC in 2010.

Who Shot Wild Bill? by Alex Gordon

9781901514315One Country & Western festival. One dead body. Twelve thousand suspects!

The Millport Country & Western Festival is in full swing, with 12,000 would-be Wild West heroes dressed up as cowboys and Indians, complete with toy guns, headdresses, mock bar fights and gun slinging. Millport is starting to feel more like Tombstone, Arizona. But there has never been a murder on the island. Until now.

A festival visitor, calling himself Wild Bill Hickok, has been found shot dead. Thousands of toy guns, but one of them must be real. Reporter Charlie Brock, on the island on holiday, is roped into solving this Millport murder mystery. With snappy dialogue and eccentric characters, Who Shot Wild Bill? is a quirky crime mystery and a homage to Millport.

“Cowboys, a killing and a Country & Western Festival all add up to a rumbustious debut novel from Alex Gordon.” — Daily Record

Alex Gordon is the author of Jinx Dogs Burns Now Flu and What Spooked Crazy Horse, both published by Ringwood. He is also the author of several sports books. Alex is a regular visitor to Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae, where he has a home. This is his first novel.

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Title: Who Shot Wild Bill?
Author: Alex Gordon
ISBN: 978-1- 901514-31- 5
Format: Paperback
Price: £7.99

Scottish Football: Fact, Fiction and Faction (a Ringwood football evening)

Scottish Football: Fact, Fiction and Faction (a Ringwood football evening)

We are excited to announce Ringwood’s next event for 2016. Scottish Football: Fact, Fiction and Faction will be an enjoyable evening of rational discussion and friendly argument, where we’ll sink our collective teeth into all aspects of Scottish football, and its complex relationship with Scottish culture and society. Initial short talks by three Ringwood authors (Alex Gordon, …

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