Synopses & Reviews
CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS OF 1998 BY THE LOS ANGELES TIMES AND WINNER OF ENGLAND'S MCKITTERICK PRICE
This award-winning literary tour de force, shortlisted for both the Whitbread and the Booker prizes, tells the captivating tale of three men: Tam and Richie, good Scots lads at heart who have turned loafing into an art form, and their ever exasperated English foreman. Carefully laid plans go haywire from the start, and as they cover their tracks the best they can, the hapless trio heads south from Scotland to do a job in England, where they find that their reputation has preceded them, to say the least.
This outrageous and brilliant tale is riveting from beginning to end, introducing a magnetic new voice.
Tam and Rich work for a company specializing in fences built to keep beasts in and humans out. When one of their projects goes horribly wrong, they flee to London--only to discover that sometimes good fences make disastrous neighbors.
About the Author
Magnus Mills, author of All Quiet on the Orient Express, once earned his living building fences and driving buses in London, where he lives. He has now quit his day job.