Keep Walking Rhona Beech
By Kate Tough
A brilliantly witty, funny, poignant novel for fans of Maria Semple and Katherine Heiny.
'Incredibly insightful, funny and poignant' Helen Sedgwick
I get up. I go to work. I spend the whole day waiting for the words on my screen to make sense. In the commuter broth of the carriage home, tears run in hot lines to my jaw and for a minute or so, I let them.
Nothing has turned out quite how Rhona Beech thought: her partner of nine years moved to another country, and she keeps applying for a new job every six months or so. And her lukewarm efforts to adjust to the changes in her life are thrown entirely up in the air when she gets some unwanted news.
Rhona's sardonic, funny, poignant attempts to find an answer to the questions she's facing are helped by Hilary (her oldest friend), Tania, Erin and Lizzie. Keep Walking, Rhona Beech is a brilliantly observant satire on relationships, friendship and life.
Previously published as Head for the Edge, Keep Walking by Cargo Publishing.
Kate Tough has received three Creative Scotland funding awards, for fiction and poetry, and held literature residencies at Cove Park, Vermont Studio Center and Outlandia. Her fiction and poetry has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies and her pamphlet, tilt-shift, was Runner Up in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, 2017.
She is a children's literacy volunteer, and chairs book festival events. She gained a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow.
Kate's piece, 'People Made Glasgow', was selected as a Best Scottish Poem 2016, and highlighted in the Times Literary Supplement's notable pamphlets, 2017.
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04 Apr 2019
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One of my favourite novels of recent years. Incredibly insightful, funny and poignant — Helen Sedgwick, author of The Comet Seekers and The Growing Season
Rhona Beech- sharp-eyed, laconic-tongued, tender-hearted - is your eccentric new best friend. She makes a terrific debut in this witty, chatty, lyrical novel — Kevin MacNeil
Kate Tough's dry wit and keen observations make this eye-catching debut about a defining moment in the life of thirty-something Rhona Beech both laugh-out-loud funny as well as poignant — Lesley Macdowell
A warm and ferociously witty story of the s*** life throws at us and how we survive it. Truth rings from every page of this assured and engrossing debut — Zoe Strachan
Tough is a unique writer and not easily pigeonholed. Her work has a distinct, curious tone which elevates the stuff of everyday life (love, relationships, sex) and makes it very interesting — Laura Waddell, writer, reviewer & publisher
Tough has a brilliant way with everyday realism — Mary Paulson-Ellis, author of The Other Mrs Walker