Back story: I've met this author.
Last year, I was an intern at the Wigtown Book Festival, this really amazing festival that takes place in Scotland's national book town. It's a town of less than 1000 people on the coast of Dumfries & Galloway, it takes ages to get there and the festival basically takes up the entire town for two weeks. I had the time of my life down there.
So when I was down there, I met and had dinner with Jessica Fox, who now lives there with the bookshop owner written about in the book. It's very surreal to read about a place I've been to and people I've met (names have been changed but I immediately recognised who was who). One scene involves the festival director having an F word bomb and it made me laugh so hard because I know the guy and know that's how he copes with stress! So it's very heartwarming for me to be so connected to a story like this. It makes me miss Wigtown and the amazing time I had last year, and also makes me sad because I was so hopeful about the future last year and didn't think I'd basically be stuck in reverse one year later, unemployed, broke and without prospects.
Anyway, here's a picture of me with my fellow festival interns last year. We went for a trek through the postcard perfect scenery of Dumfries & Galloway.
I'm on the left.