A History Maker


'Stimulated by Alan Bold's criticism that his books are insufficiently Scottish, Alasdair Gray has written a tale of border warfare, military and erotic, set in the Ettrick forest of the twenty-third century. Superbly muscled Wat Dryhope, son of the Ettrick chief, is unhappy about his clan's violent and permissive life style.
Only when challenged by the fearfully seductive Delilah Puddock and her plot to restore the competitive exploitation of human resources does he learn to embrace the women and traditional values he truly loves.

Since his blockbuster 'Lanark' appeared in 1981 Alasdair Gray's fictions have become more and more saleable.
In 1992 the historical romance, 'Poor Things' was his ultimate. 'A History Maker'- a kilted sci-fi yarn full of poetry, and porridge, courage and sex-will be even more ultimate and stand proudly beside Barrie's 'What Every Woman Wants', Reid's 'Ten Days That Shook The World', and Rebecca Sinclair's 'Scottish Ecstasy'.

There is no porridge in this tale and Barrie's title is misquoted, but leave as given to distract the reviewers from worse defects.

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Publishers details: Canogate Publishers


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ISBN: 0 86241 495 4


Reviews of this book:

"Despite its speculative detours, A History Maker never loses sight of its storyline and characters, who are more emotionally engaging than those in some of Mr. Gray's previous work." - Nicholas Birns, The New York Times Book Review

"What finally makes A History Maker unique is that Wat, the apparent hero, fails to have any part in the remaking of his society. In this way, Gray expresses his own ambivalence toward hero worship, both as a cultural phenomenon and as a method of sociopolitical improvement. From his quasi-Hegelian perspective, change can be produced by the individual, but progress demands the efforts of the collective." - William M. Harrison, Review of Contemporary Fiction

"In a style more akin to that of The Handmaid's Tale than that of Snow Crash, Gray uses the science-fiction genre as a virtuoso vehicle for political allegory, and for expounding his own pithy views on the cunning of history. (...) Gray's touch is light and wry, and there is enough strangeness in his future to whet conventional SF appetites." - Andrew Ross, The Village Voice